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CD Review: Ale Torriggino “Blue Light”

The city of Rosario, Argentina is home to singer-songwriter Ale Torriggino. Within the town of Rosario, Torriggino and other musicians seem to be very influenced by music that would be considered oldies here in the United States. Because of that, the original music created by Ale has a definite retro feel to it. The feel of Ale Torriggino has been influenced by the likes of B.B. King, Bob Dylan, The Beatles, along with more modern artists such as John Mayer. Together, these influences shine through in the music produced by Torriggino as his music features Rock, Blues and Jazz influences.

Ale Torriggino has already released one album of music. The 2016 album from Torriggino called Sureste features songs written and performed in Spanish. The musician has just recently followed that album up with another album of music. This time, however, Torriggino has created a release performed in English. The 2017 release from Ale Torriggino is entitled Blue Light. To help bring the release to life, Torriggino’s drums and guitar were joined by bass from Marcos Benítez and keyboard from Natalia Nardiello. The album was helped along by Gonzalo Esteybar who contributed production, arrangements, additional guitar.

Blue Light from Ale Torriggino begins with the track “The Healer”. As the song begins, the listener experiences the guitar playing of Torriggino that adds a definite Blues element to the song. Along with that Blues influence, the track also features a strong acoustic approach. The acoustic/electric combination on the track gives the track a timeless musical approach. The track ultimately feels as if it had been influenced by the playing of Eric Clapton. The guitar solo on the track is proof of that.

Ale Torriggino turns up the energy level on the next track called “When the Tide begins to Turn”. The song still contains a strong Blues influence to both the music and the lyrics, but the music is a lot stronger as Torriggino chooses to incorporate the electric guitar to the music. The song’s lyrical content sounds very much like something from B.B. King while the electrified nature of the music makes the song feel more like something from Stevie Ray Vaughn.

The release continues with the song “Grey Sky Blues”. With this song, Ale Torriggino slows things down. The softer musical approach that is contained within the music of the track seems to contain a Folk flavor to it. Plus, the organ that comes courtesy of Natalia Nardiello adds a certain amount of Soul feeling to the track. The lyrics of the song contain a slightly sad feel to them adding to the concept of the grey sky.

After one track with a slower pace, Ale Torriggino picks the pace back up with the song “Catherine”. The music of the track contains elements from musicians such as Elvis Presley or Roy Orbison when they were first starting out, helping to shape the history of Rock and Roll music. The older Rock and Roll influences on the track give the song a definite Rockabilly flavor. That Rockabilly influence does a lot to set “Catherine” apart from the rest of the album.

One of the strongest tracks on the Blue Light release from Ale Torriggino is the song “Waiting for the War to Come”. The track features a strong, driving feel to the music that comes for the inclusion of an electric guitar. The track brings the listener back to the days of the late sixties as the music has a slight Neil Young feel to it. The track would have easily fit in with other anti-war tracks that existed back during the Vietnam War era.

Ale Torriggino keeps the energy level of the music up with the song “Hostage”. The Blues-Rock track brings to mind someone like the band Cream while the song also contains a slight Prog-Rock influence to it. The powerful guitar part is matched up well with a bassline that combine to form a track that has a strong groove to it. “Hostage” is one of the strongest, and shortest, tracks on the Blue Light release from Ale Torriggino.

The track “Shelter” features music that seems to combine elements from both “Let it Ride” from Bachman-Turner Overdrive and “Waiting on the World to Change” from John Mayer; although, as the song progresses, the slow pace of the music would side more with Mayer’s song than with BTO’s track. Throughout the track, the John Mayer influence is evident in both the music and the style of the lyrics. “Shelter” finds Ale Torriggino writing a song about sharing the same roof with that special someone. “Shelter” is easily one of the more commercial tracks on the Blue Light album.

The Blue Light release from Ale Torriggino comes to an end with the song “The Color Life”. The track begins with a simple man-and-his-guitar approach as Torriggino creates a track that feels very much like something from James Taylor, in both music and lyrical content. As the track proceeds, the music continues to build. Eventually, the one lonely guitar is joined by an entire symphony of strings to add an orchestral feel to the track. “The Color Life” and its orchestral feel helps to bring the album to a close in a rather laidback manner.

Blue Light from Ale Torriggino is a strong musical release. The many different musical elements used by Torriggino to create his music ultimately combine to form an album that feels retro in some places and rather modern in others. The ten tracks of music make for an album that will appeal to a lot of music lovers at the same time.

 

To hear some of the music from Ale Torriggino, check out the song “Hostage“.

For more information, check out Ale Torriggino’s record label, River Flow Records.

To purchase a copy of Blue Light from Ale Torriggino, click on the album cover below:

Blue Light

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CD Review: The Kavanaghs “Love Conquers Pain (Live)”

The heavily British-influenced band The Kavanaghs are a pop/rock band that makes their home in Rosario, Argentina. Together, the four-piece band has evolved while during their time together as a group. Having begun as a band inspired by the likes of The Rolling Stones, The Beatles and other British Invasion bands, as well as Post-British Invasion bands such as The Raspberries and Badfinger, the band would later merge that style with more current sounds from the likes of Coldplay. That love of the British style of Rock and Roll music would lead the band to create two albums of original music: 2009’s self-titled release and 2011’s Love Conquers Pain.

Although the band has been quiet of late, they have since returned with a new release. The new album features the band as they performed live in concert. The resulting album, 2017’s Love Conquers Pain (Live). The release features many of the tracks found on the original Love Conquers Pain with a few tracks from the band’s self-titled release thrown in for good measure. For the live album, the band consisted of Tiago Galindez: Bass – Vocals – Piano, Ale Pin: Guitars – Vocals, Diego Vázquez: Guitars and Seba Cairo: Drums – Vocals (shown in the concert photo above) with special guest musicians: Juan Manuel Garassino: Piano – Vocals – Acoustic guitar, Mariano Barabani: Piano – Hammond.

As soon as the listener puts the Love Conquers Pain (Live) album on, they can hear the talent that exists within the four members of the band. From the very first note, the listener gets a good idea of how tight The Kavanaghs are as a live ensemble.

Love Conquers Pain (Live) begins with the track “Tonight”. The song ends up being one of the more original takes on any of the band’s material as the arrangement of the song for the live setting starts off with an extended introduction that adds a new element to the song. That new introduction makes the song feel very fresh as the band begins the set with one of their best and strongest tracks.

Just like the first track of “Tonight,” the track “Come On (Before the Wind)” finds The Kavanaghs revisiting their song with a fresh approach. The original track had a very timeless feel to the music. With this version, the band takes the track in a more New Wave direction, especially with the inclusion of the additional keyboards on the track. Just like the track before it, the new version of “Come On (Before the Wind)” takes the music from the band and makes it seem tighter and stronger.

One of the tracks that feels very much like the studio version from the Love Conquers Pain album is the track “Those Days”. On the track, the band performs the song almost as if they had just recorded the song. One standout element in the live track is the three-part harmony from the musicians as they sing the chorus to the song.

The vast majority of Love Conquers Pain (Live) has been taken, rather obviously, from the band’s 2011 studio release entitled Love Conquers Pain. And because of that, the live release is a rather good indication of what the band’s sound is like. The few tracks that come from The Kavanaghs’ 2009 self-titled album is where the listener who is familiar with the band’s musical output would notice the difference.

On the songs “Hyde Park,” “All the Time” “English Town, English People” and “Cat in Town,” The Kavanaghs had recorded their self-titled release when they were still rather largely influenced by the early days of The Kinks, The Beatles and other British Invasion bands. On this new live album, these four songs are the tracks that truly show the band’s progression as a group coming into their own style and sound. Perhaps the track with the biggest difference in sound is the song “Hyde Park”.

Taken from The Kavanaghs’ 2009 self-titled release, “Hyde Park” was a mostly-acoustic track that featured a very strong Beatles-like influence. On the live release, the band transferred the song from the acoustic realm into the electric realm, adding electric guitars to the song’s musical mix. The choice to go electric on the song means that the song now has a much later Beatles influence to the music. It also makes the song seem a little more timeless, as far as Rock and Roll is concerned.

When comparing the live versions of the tracks chosen for the Love Conquers Pain (Live) release to the original ones, the newer live tracks on this release breathe new life into the music of The Kavanaghs. And with the band having had two different styles, one being very influenced by the British Invasion era and one being influenced by the later styles of British Rock and Roll, this live album of music from the Argentina-based band The Kavanaghs helps to unify the band’s two sounds into one style. The result is a release that proves that Rock and Roll is truly international.

To hear just a little of the music from The Kavanaghs live release, check out the song “Tonight” from Love Conquers Pain (Live).

For more information, check out the band’s record label Eternal Sunday. Also check out the label’s Facebook account.

To check out the latest release from the band The Kavanaghs, click on the album cover below:

Kavahaghs Live