Fabulous review of Blueberry Pie by Jakob Wandam of Blues News Denmark

Fabulous review of Blueberry Pie by Jakob Wandam of Blues News Denmark - an update from Simon Campbell

Fabulous first review of Blueberry Pie by the lovely Jakob Wandam of Blues News Denmark and translated - probably badly - using Google Translate but with the original version below for our Danish friends :)


Starlite Campbell Band - Blueberry Pie

Starlite Campbell Band British duo consisting of Mr and Mrs Suzy Starlite (bass, vocals) and Simon Campbell (guitar, vocals). Blueberry pie is the couple's first album, although they have previously issued ambient composition "Happiness in halos" and cooperation in each other's bands.

Blueberry Pie, it is not ambient, which is on the program, but blues and blues rock. Emphasis hard out "Walkin' out the door" with a Hammond organ-driven groove, there is an obvious nod to Booker T & the MG's' classic "Green onions". Soon put some wicked guitar licks, however, in and together build guitar and organ an increasingly intense atmosphere up towards a thundering crescendo. A really good opening number!

Atmosphere is also plenty of on the next track, "I need a light", still with the organ - played by Jonny Henderson - in a central role, supplemented by a funky bass line, tinkling cymbals and wah-wah pedal. It's delicious alluring.
"You're so good for me" is hard pumped, masculine blue rock while Starlite Campbell Band on "Cry over you" slow down in a slow blues, reminiscent of the late Alvin Lee's 1990s production (think eg . "the bluest blues" from Nineteen ninety four).

More traditional blues is over "Say what you want", where Danny Boy Sánchez guests on harmonica and gives the track a glorious Chicago atmosphere. At the same time propelled the music forward by Steve Gibson's energetic drumming - a highlight of the album.

Another peak occurs with the title track, one folket case with beautiful vocal harmonies and elegant bottleneck game of Simon Campbell.

Suzy Starlite takes first lead vocal on "Guilty", another blues rock ballad soaked by Hammond organ tones broken by Simon Campbell biting guitar lines. Campbell's vocals - whose sounds reminiscent of Elvis Costello, but without his mannerisms - return to the guitar-driven boogie "Empire".

This reviewer is always rebate for some great slide guitar, and there are lots of on the amusing "Don't get me wrong," also featuring electric piano enthusiastic games from Jonny Henderson.

This is followed by an instrumental number with the apt title "Shimmy", where an unusually enthusiastic rhythm section puts the bottom of Campbell and Henderson changing improvisations. Lovely!

Finally yesterday that nightclub atmosphere in the "Thrill You", an elegant, soulful slow blues that sentiment point is akin to Charles Brown, but gradually evolves into a vehicle for upmarket, B. B. King-inspired guitar playing from Simon Campbell, then Jonny Henderson again get a chance to prove his talent on Hammond organ. A great finale to the album.

"Blueberry pie is a promising debut from Starlite Campbell Band that convinces with tasteful events, a varied repertoire - where all the songs are written by Starlite and Campbell together - stylish and riveting guitar playing, and above all an ability to set a mood, as the listener can disappear completely into from start to finish."


Starlite Campbell Band er britisk duo bestående af ægteparret Suzy Starlite (bas, vokal) og Simon Campbell (guitar, vokal). Blueberry pie er parrets første album, om end de tidligere har udsendt ambient-kompositionen ”Happiness in halos” og samarbejdet i hinandens bands.

På Blueberry pie er det dog ikke ambient, der er på programmet, men derimod blues og bluesrock. Der lægges hårdt ud med ”Walkin’ out the door” med et Hammondorgel-drevet groove, der er en åbenlys hilsen til Booker T & the MG’s’ klassiker ”Green onions”. Snart sætter nogle onde guitar-licks dog ind, og sammen bygger guitar og orgel en stadig mere intens atmosfære op frem mod et dundrende crescendo. Et rigtig godt åbningsnummer!
Atmosfære er der også masser af på næste nummer, ”I need a light”, stadig med orglet – spillet af Jonny Henderson – i en central rolle, suppleret af en funky basgang, ringlende bækkener og wah-wah-pedal. Det er lækkert dragende.

”You’re so good for me” er hårdtpumpet, maskulin bluesrock, mens Starlite Campbell Band på ”Cry over you” sætter tempoet ned i en slow blues, der giver mindelser om salig Alvin Lees 1990’er-produktion (tænk f.eks. ”The bluest blues” fra Nineteeninetyfour).

Mere traditionel blues er der over ”Say what you want”, hvor Danny Boy Sanchez gæster på mundharmonika og giver nummeret en herlig Chicago-stemning. Samtidig drives musikken frem af Steve Gibsons veloplagte trommespil – et højdepunkt på albummet.

Endnu et højdepunkt indtræffer med titelnummeret, en folk’et sag med smukke vokalharmonier og elegant bottleneck-spil af Simon Campbell

Suzy Starlite overtager for første gang leadvokalen på ”Guilty”, endnu en bluesrock-ballade gennemvædet af Hammondorgel-toner, der brydes af Simon Campbell bidende guitarlinjer. Campbells vokal – hvis klang kan minde om Elvis Costellos, men uden dennes mannerismer – vender tilbage på den guitardrevne boogie ”Empire”.
Denne anmelder er altid til fals for noget god slide-guitar, og det er der masser af på den morsomme ”Don’t get me wrong”, der også byder på veloplagt elklaver-spil fra Jonny Henderson.

Herpå følger et instrumentalnummer med den velvalgte titel ”Shimmy”, hvor en ualmindelig veloplagt rytmesektion lægger bunden for Campbell og Hendersons skiftende improvisationer. Herligt!
Til slut går der natklubstemning i den med ”Thrill me”, en elegant, soulfuld slow blues, der stemningsmæssigt er beslægtet med Charles Brown, men efterhånden udvikler sig til et vehicle for fornemt, B.B. King-inspireret guitarspil fra Simon Campbell, hvorefter Jonny Henderson igen får lov til at udfolde sine talenter på Hammondorglet. En flot finale på albummet.

Blueberry pie er en lovende debut fra Starlite Campbell Band, der overbeviser med smagfulde arrangementer, et varieret repertoire – hvor alle sangene er skrevet af Starlite og Campbell i fællesskab – stilfuldt og medrivende guitarspil og først og fremmest en evne til at sætte en stemning, som man som lytter kan forsvinde helt ind i fra start til slut.