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Album Review: Larkin Poe – Peach


Release Date: September 29, 2017
Run Time: 31:56
Label: Tricki-Woo Records

Track Listing:
1. Come on in My Kitchen
2. Freedom
3. Black Betty
4. Look Away
5. Preachin’ Blues
6. Cast ‘Em Out
7. Pink & Red
8. John the Revelator
9. Wanted Woman / AC/DC
10. Tom Devil


Larkin Poe is a band with a strong focus on channeling various idioms of the rock n’ roll tradition and convert them into a personable and direct blend of sound. Sisters Rebecca Lovell and Megan Lovell, have been pretty busy playing with a variety of amazing acts, including Elvis Costello, Conor Oberst or Kristian Bush, among others. However, they still managed to find enough time to record a collection of killer EPs and two studio albums.

The group’s recent studio release, Peach, is a collection of stunning tracks that combine the visceral depth of blues with the immediacy of rock and garage. Peach is the band’s first release since 2016’s Reskinned, showcasing Larkin Poe at their most edgy and charismatic! The album is particularly striking due to the stunning rendition of timeless blues tunes, as well as the band’s great original compositions, which add even more personality and drive to this stunningly executed release.

Blues music goes so far back in time that it’s nearly impossible to pinpoint its exact origins. It’s all shrouded in the mist of leg-endary loners, larger-than-life singers and tales of deals with the devil. With almost a century on its back, the blues has aged gracefully and it still inspires generations of performers who put their own spin on the genre. Such is the case of Larkin Poe, a talented band who rendered a stunning version of “Preachin’ Blues”, orig-inally made famous by Son House.

House’s version of the track is a desolate cut, where bare acous-tic guitar, vocal moans and tapped feet create a very hypnotic groove. On the other hand, Larkin Poe’s version has a really powerful rock energy to it. The rhythm has a deep low-end thump and a stomping groove that sustains the guitar’s driven riffs with ease. The vocals have a lot of grit and focusing, almost echoing the work of singers such as The Rolling Stones or PJ Harvey. Larkin Poe managed to add a lot of personality to this track and really put a whole new spin on a timeless classic.

“Preachin’ Blues” is only one of the many stunning tracks fea-tured on the album, which also features covers of other classic tracks, including “Black Betty”, “John The Revelator” or “Come On in My Kitchen”, just to mention a few.

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Amazing

Larkin Poe consists of sisters Megan and Rebecca Lovell, who managed to create music with a diverse feel and a lot of passion. Their recent album, “Peach”, features some cool originals, as well as a selection of stunning renditions of blues classics, interpreted in the key of rock and roll!

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