The album feels more like a story than a rock album. As each track unfolds, we see new flavors and new sounds. As a whole, Blues demonstrates a beautifully eclectic sound; incorporating turntables and harmonicas into the same song has never been a popular trend, however Collie and Trimble pull it off beautifully. This eclecticism has its limit though, as is seen in tracks like “Lazy”—a lounge-style tune in which Trimble’s scratches sound a bit out of place—but such mishaps are easily overlooked due to the otherwise flawless incorporation of the decks in songs like “Make Me Mine.” Their stylistic diversity is clearly seen in songs such as “Soul Song,” (which recalls the brightest of U2 in their “Rattle and Hum” days), or “It Isn’t How,” in which, the band even finds a way to incorporate an accordion into Rock and Roll.


Throughout the disc Pratt’s powerful bass-lines drive the sound home, especially in “Butterfly.” The dominance of the Pratt’s work also provides even the most raucous of the bands songs with a jazzy, pensive feel.

“Streetlife” is a perfect example of the bands ability to totally control the mood of a song. It’s less than perfect lyric writing is redeemed by the tightness of the bands performance. The lyrics are reflected beautifully by the pensive euphony of the Stewarts guitars and not only the lyrics, but also the music depicts the loneliness of a solitary walk home on an abandoned street. Other tracks like “Not Around” reveal Blues’s ability to produce beautiful sounds with driving guitars while not losing that wonderfully pensive sound that permeates their music.

Blues could easily become one of the most unique sounds in one of the most polluted styles of the modern music world. All of the elements are there, and potential is seeping out of every note they play. It is hard to say if they reach that full potential with Bluessville, although I assure you that after a few listens you will not be able to get “Not Around” or “Freedom” out of your head. It will be interesting to see where the band goes from here though, with this good of a release, and this much potential, the pressure is on for the future of Blues. All in all, Bluessville is an excellent album from a brilliant band, and a disc that will definitely frequent my CD player.