The Hoax – Big City Blues (2013)

The Hoax - Big City Blues (2013)
Artist: The Hoax
Album: Big City Blues
Label: Credible Records
Year Of Release: 2013
Quality: FLAC (image+.cue)

01. Hipslicker
02. Big City Blues
03. Let It Shine
04. Stick Around
05. Can’t Do Right for Doing Wrong
06. Two Steps Back
07. Keep on Messin’
08. Talk Is Cheap
09. Roll on Up The Hoax
10. Give Me a Drink
11. Tes Nuits Insolits
12. Pledge Giver Blues


The humble shores of Great Britain may not be the first place that springs to mind when thinking of legends within the blues genre, however it certainly offers up some musical delights every so often. The latest being the album Big City Blues by rejuvenated ensemble, The Hoax. The band splintered and went their respective ways over 10 years ago, but after a fiery reunion in 2010, a series of blistering gigs and a collection of fan funds they returned to the studio.

“Hipslicker” is the first track off the compilation. It’s good to know The Hoax are still on form and have not lost their edge. The fuzzy guitar rhythm and croaky vocals make a catchy tune. There is plenty of zest on the album, tracks like “Big City Blues” and “Keep On Messin’” are full of heel tapping fun.

As well as the hard-hitting tunes the band demonstrate their ability to dull the pace and produce something more sensual, whilst keeping that intensity. “Two Steps Back” does just that. Another song of mention should be “Tes Nuits Insolits” and the French flavored melodies that give the album a bit of variety.

The Hoax have done what the fans hoped for. They have produced a well-trimmed, punchy record that proves there is blues rock alive and kicking in the UK. A solid performance.

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