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- Having had a hectic few weeks, the choice of E.Z. Riders' second album Long Way From Home for a listen was a good one. Combining blues, southern, country and blue grass rock flavours, these three guys have produced a mellow, very 70s sounding album which at the same time has a real freshness about it. The tracks are well crafted, the guitars are strong and flowing, and the vocals are high quality. Even the indulgence of the nine minute instrumental Far Away doesn't drag - and you can almost see images from a Western playing out as you listen. I'm particularly loving the bass line on this one.
Title track Long Way From Home puts in two appearances, one an acoustic version, and while it may seem a little unnecessary given that there are only nine tracks on this album I am having a hard time deciding which version I prefer. Opener Dangerous Behaviour has some good changes in pacing and is surprisingly infectious. I couldn't get the chorus out of my head yesterday so it's a good thing that it's such a great song, otherwise that could have got annoying really quickly.
E.Z. Riders are gaining quite a fanbase internationally and it's entirely well deserved. Anyone who picked up the debut Experienced Zydeco Riders will love it, and if you haven't encountered them before and are in need of a Southern/blues rock lift then do check them out.
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