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‘Blood Test’ from Kris Delmhorst - songs of singular attraction

(June 13, 2014)

Kris Delmhorst writes songs that sit in those spaces we all occupy from time to time - reflective, pensive, musing and thoughtful. Her album ‘Blood Test’ expresses those elements within a Delmhorst_BloodTest_500tapestry of folk touched with tinges of rock, augmented by a true sense of vocal soul. The album leads you softly into sharp lyrical observations and memorable melodies. Kris possess one of those unique voices that morphs easily into the themes of the songs, on the way through each one comes alive and lives chock full of feeling.

The title track takes you straight into her style, examining and questioning the intricacies of relationship, there’s a simple sadness exposing a softer edge reflected in ‘Homeless’, and the intensity of ‘92ND St.’ goes even further into poignant delivery, building its drive all the time, while ‘Saw It All’ delves deeper into the shadows. A stronger side is evident through songs like the pulsing, laid-bare message of ‘We Deliver’, the melodic insistence of ‘Bright Green World’, and the short sharp statement Kris makes with ‘Temporary Sun’.

‘Blood Test’ is an album for listening. Anything else does a disservice to a fine songwriter.

Artists playing on ‘Blood Test’ are Kris Delmhorst (vocals, guitars, piano) Anders Parker (electric, 6 and 12 string guitars, bass, vocals) Mark Spencer (bass, pedal steel, piano, organ, electric guitar, vibraphone) and Konrad Meissner (drums, percussion).

Reviewer: Tom Franks

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