#1,068: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! If her debut album "Back To The Start" was a statement of intent then "Believe" - the new offering from local Blues songstress Rebecca Downes - is truly a fulfilment of promise indeed. Make no mistake about it, this classy album, recorded under two miles away from ELOBF HQ, is full of hot smokin' and foot tappin' British Blues of the highest order.
"Believe" contains twelve songs co-written by Bekah and Steve Birkett and all dozen on offer are a delight to the ear , showcasing - as they do - the immense talent of this lady and the marvellous band that she has assembled in the studio and on the road: Dan Clark, Rick Benton, Lloyd Daker, Rik Sandford and the aforementioned Steve Birkett - with a little help from her friends Norman Beaker, Paul Gooderham and Mark V Stuart.
Highlights are many with "Never Gonna Learn" very much influenced by Dr. Feelgood and "Salt Winds" oozing Carlos Santana. Blues rocker "Sailing On A Pool Of Tears" also impresses as does the the funky "Sweetness" and the sultry "Could Not Say No". I keep putting current 'B' side "1,000 Years" on repeat because it is just so good with title track and lead single "Believe" an absolute sonic jewel. Don't forget to also check out the extremely cool "Come With Me Baby" featuring an inspired Norman Beaker in tandem with Rebecca's pure vocal delivery.
Yours Truly KJS looks forward to hearing this inspired new material live and, as far as this LP goes, I "Believe" - if you'll excuse the pun - that it will firmly put Rebecca Downes on the map when it is released from Friday 4th March. Go buy it folks and don't forget to turn the volume up! [9/10]
"Believe" by Rebecca Downes comprises: "Never Gonna Learn" ~ "Night Train" ~ "It's That Easy" ~ "Sailing On A Pool Of Tears" ~ "Sweetness" ~ "1,000 Years" ~ "Could Not Say No" ~ "Long Long Time" ~ "Momma's Got A Gun" ~ "Salt Winds" ~ "Come With Me Baby" ~ "Believe"
You can purchase "Believe" in CD and/or download formats via these links soon thus: