Monday, August 12, 2019
Diana Rein Makes The Blues Accessible For Everyone
"Yes I Sing The Blues" rocks on to your speakers with an airy bliss, featuring guitar licks that bite. The theme of self confidence and telling it straight, grip the grooves of this well produced record. "The Midnight Line" would be another pick hit on the radio, or at least indie radio. Diana's guitar effortlessly rings out tones that are creative and listenable. And while there are influences like Robert Cray and Stevie Ray Vaughan, Rein has got her own signature on this. The title track exemplifies the strength through pain motif followed by some molten lava flowing out of Diana's guitar. "I Can't Quit You" nods hard to Cream but makes good use of some unused chords, taking it in it's own direction. Rein's voice is strong, sweet and sexy throughout and makes the ride through the castle even more enjoyable.
A collection of 15 songs and there are a few more diamonds. "Pure Soul" has a unique riff that immediately creates musical curiosity that builds towards the song's crescendo. "My Love" takes a more jazzy-blues jam ballad approach. This gives Rein a chance to stretch out and she takes full advantage of it. "Get Down" has elements of pop, but with the same enthusiasm while instantly singable and fun. "Worth" is another themed cut that has a well defined guitar riff which then gives way to a fiery solo. And then there's the fuzzy "Heat" which snarls, blisters and burns. Your ears might be a little singed after that one...but overall...
This album takes the listener on an impressive sonic journey and comes off polished and contemporary. This is the kind of collection that you could give to a non-blues fan and have them bopping their head while playing air guitar. The bouncy, punchy production adds a higher level of listener enjoyment. This is a blues rising star for sure. The queen has built quite a castle indeed.