CD Review by Joseph Timmons – Xombiewoof Magazine.
Ride on with King Solomon, be careful, These Rails are HOT!
As you travel down life’s highway hearing the hum of the engine and the roads twists and turns, we come across train tracks and we yield to the massive roar of the steam engine, or admire the sleek speed of the fast train on steel wheels. The west was won by the locomotive, passenger cars and luxurious travels. Well, this Train is more powerful than any you may have ridden in the past and Solomon King is riding the rails high and proud.
Train, the latest release by Singer / songwriter Solomon King, available through his web site www.solomonkingmusic.com, is tour through the heartlands of the soul, through the hills and valleys of the heart, and the long journey home to where love is. His mellow toned voice and delicate yet distinctive guitar style is smooth and masterful.
Train is introspective but not preachy, bluesy but not saddening, a joyful expression of living in every song. Backed by a band of talented troubadours and a Hammond B3, Solomon King brings his gift to every “track” of this album, and with every beat this Train is a commin’ to either carry you away to a new day, a better way, or home to where you started from and may need to get back to.
I wax poetic because I am strongly impressed with this artist’s ability to marry great music with a gift of storytelling that is reminiscent of artists like Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits, Bob Dylan or Paul Simon, yet a sound he has made truly his own. Solomon King has a hit with this album and I suggest you join him on his journey of the soul. I am particularly fond of “The Coffee Song”, “SLO Blues” and the title track “Train”, but every album is well worth the fare, this album is, and pardon the obvious pun, your “Ticket” to ride.
When you reach a crossroad, it is natural to look to the left or the right; you often never look back, but often want to. With Train, looking back may be the best way to move forward. And like the album Train, and much like life itself, this review is short and sweet, to the point and is a memory of what could be.
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