Ah, it's always good when a singer can make the listener's emotions flow to the song they are performing.
Irene Marc, the vocalist with the Montreal-based duet Groove Kings does that very well.
I would defy a listener not to be getting into the upbeat funk of a tune such as Real Love, and then the next moment becoming much more melancholy when she comes at you with Temporary Man.
The songs, all written by Howard Forman, who also does all the instrumental work here, are lyrically very solid as well, and that of course helps the vocalist get the emotions of the song out.
So what style do we have with the Groove Kings? Well they are somewhere between blues and jazz in my books, although on a song such as Chore you pretty quickly think R&B too. At times you might hear some rock vibes, but realistically you can say that about just any CD these days, from country to blues to metal.
Here certain sounds flow into certain categories more closely. For example, I'm The Rain is most definitely a blues song.
However you look at Blood Red in terms of style, you still end up with a very solid disk of music. Marc has a very sultry voice, and she can punch out a tune laden with emotion, just sit back and she'll take you through a range of feelings which by the end of the CD have you feeling emotionally invested in the CD.
This is a CD that is one to take the listener to a different place from song to song. It is escapist in that regard, and we all need that at times.
Check it out at www.groovekings.ca
Nicely done indeed.
-- CALVIN DANIELS
-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper Sept. 9, 2009 - Yorkton, SK. Canada