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    Simon McBride 'Trouble' Album Review By JD Rich

    Simon McBride

    Trouble

    EarMUSIC

    October 23, 2020

    Album Review By JD Rich

    Boston Rock Radio

     

     

    I don’t go looking for trouble because it usually knows where to find me (that’s one of my favorite sayings). As if on cue, here comes Simon McBride with his upcoming third release, Trouble. I don’t know why we haven’t heard more about this Belfast native; he’s pretty much a one-stop-shop for all your musical needs: singer, guitarist, songwriter - the list goes on. So, without further ado, let’s get into some Trouble!

     

    This 4-song EP starts off with the title track, a deep blues song that would fit beautifully on the soundtrack to a rom-com movie. I must admit, I was a little puzzled as to why yours truly, a rock reviewer, would get a mellow blues album, so I kept listening. I’m glad I did. McBride kicks into high gear on the second track with a cover of “Kids Wanna Rock" originally recorded by Bryan Adams in 1984. This 2020 rendition sticks close to the source material, with a slight update and more oomph on the Blues/Rockabilly flavor. I found it a very intriguing choice for a lad from Northern Ireland to take on. Trouble’s penultimate track “Dead In The Water” has powerful undertones of earlier Bon Jovi ballads bubbling just below the surface. McBride perks this up with some Classic-Rock influences that have been run through current musical styles. The last and longest track makes up one-third of the entire EP’s runtime of 17 minutes. “Fat Pockets” is an energetic song containing playful criticism of mainstream religion, delivered by an observational tone along the lines of “it is what it is."

     

    Trouble is not the kind of fist-pumping, horns-flashing rock intended to stoke any fires. Instead, expect a smooth bluesy ride that touches more on Southern (U.S.) Classic Rock, and dash of Country-Blues-Rock. I could definitely hear some crossover there, casting a wider net, as it were. Imagine what it would sound like if Stevie Ray Vaughan (RIP) teamed up with Brian Setzer (Stray Cats) and they played out at the Double Deuce. That’s the kind of ambiance conjured here.‚Äč

     

    If you’re in the mood to get into Trouble, you’ll have to wait until the release date of October 26th, also known as National iPod Day. You’ll be able to get it on any digital device then, not just an iPod. I just wanted to throw in some useless trivia for absolutely no reason. It’s an extra service I offer at no charge. You’re welcome.

     

     

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