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Right As Rain
Genres: Blues, Pop, Rock
Tommy Castro plays the blues by the book, but it's a solid text. On numbers like "Right As Rain" and "I've Got to Change," he applies the rules of Memphis soul: horns, organ, a chorus of background singers, plus his own si... more »
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Tommy Castro plays the blues by the book, but it's a solid text. On numbers like "Right As Rain" and "I've Got to Change," he applies the rules of Memphis soul: horns, organ, a chorus of background singers, plus his own signature combination of shouted vocals and spare, driving guitar. The rich, saxlike tone of his crashing chords on the title track is a gas, and its solo comes in thoughtful, climbing phrases. That's a technique for building excitement he shares with fellow San Francisco Bay Area bluesman Robert Cray. Castro's just as comfortable with an old-fashioned shuffle like "Kickin' In," where his guitar purrs through a warm-butter solo before a big-chorus finale. Castro's trouble is that he lacks restraint. There's always a big chorus or a powerhouse chord in the mix, and his constant shouting bludgeons the emotional resonance of his lyrics. So a potential heartbreaker like "If I Had a Nickel" becomes merely a brass-knuckled punch to the eardrum. --Ted Drozdowski
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Brent M. from YACOLT, WA
Reviewed on 5/2/2016...
This is the first Tommy Castro album I have listened to. Some of the songs are great - I really like "Lucky in Love" for example - and the musicianship and recording are really very good. But overall I didn't much care for a few of the songs, so this becomes one of those albums that I will keep for those several great songs.
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Damn this album is good! Definately worth of 5 stars. More given today's music scene. This album and Tommy Castro as an artist give me new hope that music, rock in perticular, is not dead, but a healthy breathing animal. 'Right As Rain' has got to be one of the best blues or blues/rock albums I've heard since Indigenous, Mark Selby or B.B. King. I found him right away on the internet and ran right out to buy the album. Can't wait to get ahold of his other stuff."
With Castro, the future of blues is lookin' cool...
jbnadia | USA | 03/19/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The thing that drew me to this CD was the name of the record label...Blind Pig Records. Finding this funny and cute (which isn't the right word but I can't think of a better one right now), I bought Right as Rain. I opened it in the car and inserted it into the CD player. Tommy sure likes them horns, which is a nice touch to the music. (The backup singers are also very cool.) Castro has a nice voice, it isn't all over the place and out of pitch like some other blues guitar/singers. Another thing I like about this album is the straight beats. This guy sure isn't afraid to wail on a straight blues beat, and they make you tap your foot, there's no stopping it. Of course, the real talent on this record is Castro's guitar playing. He reminds me of SRV in more ways then one, but nonetheless he still has a great style of playing.This CD is well derserving of my rare 5 star rating. Well done, Tommy!"