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Blues Fallin Down Like Rain
Genres: Blues, Pop
This energetic, foot-tapping, no-filler album from the multi-talented Kenny Neal is a sheer delight, showcasing his fine skills on guitar and harmonica and his rich, powerful voice. Blues Fallin' Down Like Rain starts off ... more »
This energetic, foot-tapping, no-filler album from the multi-talented Kenny Neal is a sheer delight, showcasing his fine skills on guitar and harmonica and his rich, powerful voice. Blues Fallin' Down Like Rain starts off with a bang, with an up-tempo rendition of the classic "Big Boss Man." Things settle down with "Shadow on the Moon," which features some tasteful guitar work and smooth, excellent vocals. In fact, Neal's voice is one of this album's major strengths, moving smoothly from richly sung melodies to expressive growls just as the music requires. The highlight of this album is the title track, a slow, lonely ballad with excellent guitar work and backing vocals. However, neither is as powerful as Neal's singing; when he pulls out all the stops, the results are impressive. Highly, highly recommended. --Genevieve Williams
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What a blues voice!
Joe Bucher | Eagle River, Wisconsin | 02/13/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I first heard Kenny Neal on a blues channel over my DSS sattelite dish. Was making coffee when "Blues Fallin' Down Like Rain" came on. His wonderful deep growly voice has a unique bluesy passion to it. Can't say it's like anyone elses. Anyway, I was admittedly surprised and frustrated that I'd never heard of Kenny Neal before, because, anyone with a blues voice and a sound this good, has got to be a big-time blues performer. Maybe he is, but I didn't know it.Since then, I've purchased this CD, and like it so much, I bought every other CD this guy has ever made. In my opinion, Kenny Neal is one of the brightest young blues talents out there. He's got the voice, the harp, the guitar, and a family history. Plus, the guy has played with several past blues giants, most notably Buddy Guy and Junior Wells. Admittedly, this CD is much more tame than his past work (now that I've reviewed all of his work), but it is great stuff nonetheless. The bottom line with Kenny Neal is, he is one of the rare blues artists that one can truly listen to for hours without tiring of his voice and sound. His mix of swamp blues with swing and deep passionate ballads is a breath of fresh blues air. Hope the guy makes it big. He has the talent!"
A must have for serious blues fans
Joe Bucher | 10/18/1998
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Kenny as we see him when he is in concert! No fancy horns or subtle mixing just Kenny, his brothers and down-in-the-alley blues for you. From the opening cut "Big Boss Man" where Kenny plays the lap steel to the soulful "The Things I Used to Do" the eleven cuts on this CD represent some of his finest work to date."
"Blues Fallin' Down Like Rain" lacks depth of emotion.
Docendo Discimus | 07/26/1998
(2 out of 5 stars)
"There is no question of Kenny Neal's skills, he is a fine guitar player, a distinctive harp player and his vocals are strong and confident. But his latest release, "Blues Fallin' Down Like Rain," while showcasing all his talents(and even debuting a new facet of lap steel work), lacks that essential element to all great music; depth of emotion. I'm afraid that his choice of cover material was a harbinger of the performances on the disc. He opted for overdone material; "Big Boss Man", "My Babe", "The Things I used To Do", & "I'm Ready". Although his use of lap steel on "Big Boss Man" did lend a freshness to this one. The two bright spots on the disc lie in the new tunes, the title track and "Can't Say I Didn't Try". What sets these cuts apart from the rest is their emotional delivery, they both contain expressive vocals & tasteful, crisp guitar work, as well as, sensative backing from the other musicians on the set. On these tracks Kenny seems to be doing more than merely going through the motions, he is playing and singing with urgency and passion. Unfortunately, on most of the disc Kenny seems to be holding back. There is a decided lack of fire in his playing and his vocals are unconvincing. This is especially disappointing to the level of his aforementioned skills. He is very capable of incendiary guitar work and passionate vocals. His past efforts for Alligator Records and his live shows attest to this. On this outing he is like a vintage muscle car that is only running on 4 or 6 cylinders, he is sputtering along when he should be tearing down the road. Review by: Richard A. Baker"