Get On This:

Rebecca Downes – BeLive

Advertising

Review of: BeLive
album by Rebecca Downes:
Rebecca Downes
Version:
CD
Price:
£11.96

Reviewed by:
Rating:
5
On January 6, 2017
Last modified:January 6, 2017

Summary:

Following the highly acclaimed studio album Believe, with BeLive Rebecca Downes has captured what it is that makes her stand out from the crowd

Following the highly acclaimed studio album Believe, with BeLive Rebecca Downes has captured what it is that makes her stand out from the crowd … her voice and live performance. BeLive is, to put it simply, a stunning capture of an artist at the very top of her game.

Not for nothing did I choose Downes’ performance at The Mold Blues Festival as one of my gigs of the year for 2016. The raw power she exuded on that day was as joyous as any and on BeLive it is this sheer enthusiasm, stage craft and prowess that has been trapped so well.

The opening gambit of Never Gonna Learn is a mere taster for what’s to come. Its vigour a mere appetiser, its cutting edge like that of skates carving neat patterns through ice. Fever in the Night is all cool, laid back funk: the blues delivered in the smoky confines of just about any Chicago club of yore, brought bang up to date and delivered with a bow in a box fit for any Christmas table.

Even covers such as that of the Janis Joplin classic Another Piece of My Heart – here delivered with such gusto it makes the windows rattle – and Etta James’ Rather Go Blind become whole different animals, as Downes lays bare her vocal talents and timing so luxuriously and so damn well.

Her band are tight and fuelled to the max, with Steve Birkett’s exemplary guitar work shining throughout – but possibly never more enigmatically than on Sailing on a Pool of Tears – Dan Clarke’s slick bass control and Lloyd Daker’s drums steering the ship to less than safe rhythmic waters beautifully. Then there is Rick Benton’s delightfully understated Hammond playing, which gives the sum of the whole a richness that should really only come with directions to the nearest Belgian chocolate mountain.

With Believe really stamping its authority on what is already a truly remarkable album recorded in various venues across Rebecca Downes’ 2015/16 tour, it is little wonder the West Midlander won both gongs for Best Emerging Artist and Best Female Vocalist in the British Blues Awards for 2016. Nor is it any wonder that BeLive is sure to excite any lover of blues rock performed well and performed better than well live.

Rebecca Downes

BeLive

Audio CD (13 Jan. 2017)

Number of Discs: 1

Label: Mad Hat

ASIN: B01N8PNBH0

Other Editions: MP3 Download

 

Track List:

Never Gonna Learn

Fever in the Night

Another Piece of My Heart

Night Train

Long, Long Time

My Sweetness

Back To The Start

Rather Go Blind

Basement of my Heart

Sailing on a Pool of Tears

Believe

1,000 Years

With A Little Help

 

Following the highly acclaimed studio album Believe, with BeLive Rebecca Downes has captured what it is that makes her stand out from the crowd