Album Review, Liverpool Sound and Vision, Rating ****"An album of eclectic responsibility, of extensive taste and backdrop, Chameleon heralds the continued truth of Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion into a new and bountiful era."
A musician who can change their outlook and shade is to be admired, they might stay within the genre, they might find the relief of crossing borders, but it is to the sound they create which sets them apart, the slight vocal inflection change, the meaning behind their songs given a greater depth and urgency, it is to this, as with all art, that the ability to be a social Chameleon, to be stand out by blending in with everything, to seek out new colours in which place their talents against and see what matches.
The artistic chameleon doesn’t stand still though, they may appear to pause and try on that new colour but they continue to move forward, it is only the perception of Time that allows us to see just how closely they found themselves matching the hue, mood and emotion they were aiming for at the time.
For Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion, Chameleon represents a moment where the beauty of the backdrop harmonises with the scene in front, the coordination of the music with the band, Rob Koral, Pete Whittaker, Paul Robinson, Ian Ellis and Patrick Hayes, is such that the sound of Ms. Schwarz’s vocals is tight, beautiful and as loose as a fine set of peacock feathers spread out in a pattern of allure.
This sixth album by the band sees the combination of style and groove once more sit with feminine wit and guile, of the blues and the roll of the rocking rejoice. Across songs such as Better Days, Hello My Friend, Give Me The Key To Your Heart, the superb When The Blues Come A Knocking, Amazon Woman and Come And Lay With Me, the diversity of the music on offer flows serenely, and yet with the rage of a woman who knows her words must be heard.
An album of eclectic responsibility, of extensive taste and backdrop, Chameleon heralds the continued truth of Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion into a new and bountiful era.
Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion release Chameleon on April 3rd via Proper Music.
- Words by: Ian D. Hall