(Atlantic); Blues Rock

By ​Phil ​Bennett

This album has been out for almost a year now and has slipped under quite a few radars but is so good that it is well worth investigating in case you missed it.

Hailing from Iceland, Kaleo produce a sound that is more oil stained garage than glacial, but their background mixed with their taste for deep fried Black Keys fashioned blues rock ensures that there is much to enjoy for even the casual listener.

Opening cut, No Good, is a jaw dropping tour de force that thunders out of the gates, snorting and bellowing like a wild bull and this is followed by a steady succession of bristling, foot stomping rumbles.

From there, the chain gang rattle of Broken Bones and the gritty riff-laden Hot Bloodpin impressive playing and scintillating vocals to greasy rhythms that just pump it out strong and steady.

The real delights come, though, when they start to mix it up and take things on a left turn on what would have been side two on vinyl.

All The Pretty Girls, a bittersweet, tender tune that invokes a kaleidoscope of widescreen images, is followed by the engaging country singalong of Automobile and the gorgeous and grandiose Vor I Vaglaskogi.

A thrilling fusion of soft and hard, A/B is a tremendous collection of songs that are executed with an almost palpable intensity, whether they’re rocking it hard or pouring it out soulfully.


​Phil ​Bennett

Musician, actor, singer, music reviewer, Phil’s interests cover a lot of bases and this is reflected in the music he writes about. From blues to soul, ambient to electronic, Phil writes about artists he feels are interesting, true to their craft and worthy of your ears.