Simon McBride – Crossing The Line

OK, so I’m not sure if this is an official genre or not, but I’m going to call Simon McBride’s new CD, Crossing The Line, a Southern Blues Power Rock package chock full of really phenomenal songs. Some of the tunes have a Blues flavor, some are straight Rock and Roll, a couple have a Southern Rock feel and some have a combination of all three. But what this CD definitely has over all is a lot of power!

Hailing from Ireland, McBride has been called “the natural heir to Rory Gallagher & Gary Moore,” among other accolades. I’d call him a “Blues Rock guitarist’s guitarist.” The musicianship on Crossing The Line is, to put it simply, right up there with Al Di Meola, Carlos Santana, Joe Bonamassa and others.

From the moment the CD started in my player with the lead track, “Lead Us Away,” to the closing song “Down To the Wire (Revisited),” the music kept my attention riveted to the car’s speakers and made me want to go back and hear McBride’s previous albums. As soon as I got to where I was going, I took the CD inside and played it again. In fact, I’m playing it for the third time today as I write this.  Yes, it’s that good!

Listening to an album from a technical standpoint (i.e. production, songwriting, etc.), I can usually find something which isn’t as strong as it could be.  However, in this case, I’m having a really hard time finding anything negative to say about the project whatsoever.  Okay, I have to say it again… yes, it is that good!

McBride’s vocals are rough in places, but – then again – for the content of the song being sung they need to be rough in those spots. In the other places, where he needs to be, he’s dead on. The mastering is excellent, the production darn near perfect and the songs are exceptionally well-crafted.

Crossing the Line is set to be released Sept. 25, 2012, and I would STRONGLY recommend that you order your copy now. You will enjoy it as much as I did if you are a fan of those previously mentioned guitar greats.

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