Erja Lyyti­nen

Guitarist - - Music -

Fin­nish blues rock spiced with slide For her 10th al­bum, the ver­sa­tile Lyyti­nen em­braces a rock­ier side as an artist with­out los­ing her blues roots. Rock­ing Chair has a driv­ing 70s low-end riff groove and Lover’s Nov­els is a funkier af­fair, but both ben­e­fit from her fiery trade­mark slide work. And it’s in­ter­est­ing to hear the bursts of twin har­mony work spic­ing the Hen­drix lean­ings of the ti­tle track and the epic here, Black Ocean – fea­tur­ing a stand­out three-part solo steeped in emo­tive drama. The aptly named Slowly Burn­ing fea­tures ex­pres­sive slow blues lead, but when 24 An­gels breaks into its stride it again proves just how en­gag­ing that slide work can be. [DH] Stand­out track: Black Ocean For fans of: Bon­nie Rait, Gary Moore, Joanne Shaw Tay­lor

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