Title - 'Outside the Window'
Artist - Gooch and the Motion
For those not in the know, and with the message of hope instead of hopelessness running brazenly through it, widely acclaimed disabled Blues rocker and band leader Ryan “Gooch” Nelson’s South Jersey-based Gooch and the Motion have just released their long-awaited sophomore album.
Entitled Outside the Window, and to be honest, no matter the genre, the Motion’s blues-based groove weaves through the music with seamless flow and continuity.
Returning to produce is nine-time Grammy winner Joe “The Butcher” Nicolo (Rolling Stones, Billy Joel, Lauryn Hill, Aerosmith, Bob Dylan), who also produced the band’s 2016 debut (Comin’ Home).
Nicolo says Gooch and the Motion has “a one-of-a-kind sound that also makes you nostalgic for artists you’ve listened to in the past," and listening to this new album (which I've done twice now, back-to-back), well, it's hard to deny that.
1. 'Do You Feel'
2. 'Lead Me to Glory'
3. 'Leave the Guitar with Me'
4. 'New Orleans'
5. 'Party Jam'
7. 'Roll It Up'
8. 'Up All Night'
9. 'Walk Alone'
10. 'When I’m Gone'
Opening with the mid-tempo, lo-fi angst of 'Do You Feel' ("Don't tell me I don't have a reason to fight"), next up is the foot-tappin' growl of 'Lead Me to Glory,' which itself is backed by the upbeat, break up bounce of 'Leave the Guitar with Me,' and then the funky blues swagger of 'New Orleans.'
Next up is the short, yet still terrific '70s funk groove of 'Party Jam,' and that's then backed seamlessly by the harmonica-driven slow jam 'Pray.'
One of my own personal favorites here is the stoic, yet rhythmic, Americana rendering of 'Roll It Up,' which is followed by the gentle finger-snappin' brilliance of 'Up All Night.'
This quite magnificent album then rounds out with the Caribbean flow of 'Walk Alone,' then the lush acoustic/electric guitar harmonies of 'When I'm Gone,' before coming to a close on the slow-cooked blues rocker 'Zodiac.'
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Watch the documentary trailer for 'The Motion: Gooch’s Journey' here!
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