|The Blue News
Wartime Songs EP
July 4, 2011
Hailing from the Midwest, The Blue News are quickly working their way up the ladder to
success, with the same formula of artists like The Black Keys, My Morning Jacket,
and even a simplistic, early White
Stripes. The stripped down, gritty, in-your-face blues with a touch of
honey in the softer parts are gaining The Blue News more popularity by the
With the release of their newest EP Wartime Blues, The Blue News lay down the foundation for success in their sludgy riffs and raspy, crooning
lyrics straight from the mold of classic blues masters. Two upbeat numbers
start off the EP with a nice pace while the sludgy riffs catch hold of the listener.
They cater to blues fans' craving for emotional and jagged riffs to go along
with the solid percussion, which holds up the song structure and fills out its
"Hypnotized" is arguably the best sounding and catchiest
song on the EP as far as all around production goes; it sounds like something
right out of the Black Keys catalogue, not that this is a bad thing or makes
them unoriginal, because they give their own twist on each song. One notable
quality is their ability to change the tone and pitch of the lyrical range from
grungy and raspy to a clean croon with a touch of honey in each chorus.
"Hitman Blues" has a classic blues feel to it, medium-paced
with just enough crunch between the guitar and drums to draw the listener in
with a head bang, then turn around and send them shuffling to the dance floor. Also a notable plus found within the EP is
the production value. While it's not Danger Mouse production (The Black Keys),
the quality is surprisingly good for an EP by an up-and-coming band. Each
element of the instrumentation is heard clearly and concisely, while the lyrics
blend in nicely over the top, allowing the switch between rhythm guitar and
solos to fill out the rest of the sound.
"Stay Gone for Good" and "Be Yourself (And You'll Go Far)"
round out this six song EP, which seems longer, but maybe that's just me.
"Stay Gone for Good" kicks into high gear
right off the start and provides one of the faster paced songs on the album.
Evening out for the verse, it kicks back into high gear for each chorus,
folding neatly into a really nice riff, keeping the song driving toward its
"Be Yourself" is a friendly, acoustic track in the mold of Led Zeppelin III, which brings the EP to
a soft close and rounds out a number of blues driven tracks with a laid back,
The Blue News are
clearly on the track toward great heights. Already, their songs are gaining
steam and being played on TV shows as we speak. They are a refreshing blend of
classic blues and rock with elegant song structures. Again, like The Black Keys and to some degree The White Stripes, The Blue News stick to the formula they know well, conjuring up
enough gritty riffs and emotional tonal changes, all while containing that
stripped down feeling to successfully drown the listener in the most classic
form of the blues.
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