Siena Root - "Kaleidoscope"
(Nasoni Records 2006, NASONI049CD/LP)
Uploaded to Aural Innovations June 2006
The amazing Siena Root is back with their second full length album and a new vocalist, who is great. The CD contains the same great songwriting as the bands debut, but this one is a bit bluesier and more psychedelic and has a killer analog sound to it, making it really sound old in a way but with super fresh compositions. Good and Bad opens the CD with a hard hitting blues riff and a jam straight away before vocalist Sanya takes it away. Led Zeppelin would be proud! Nightstalker features Hammond organ keeps the sound rocking and fresh and you can really appreciate Sanya as a singer on this one! Blues 276 is just what the title says… good time blues rock! Bhairavi Dhun changes the pace as we get a middle of the album Indian sitar driven psychedelic jam that is amazing! Crossing the Stratosphere begins quite spacey before a sort of funky jam grows out of it. What an amazing mix of great tracks you have on this CD. There and Back Again is the shortest track on the CD and is a straight up rocker with organ, a lot like some of the tracks from the debut. Ridin' Slow has a killer blues groove and riff and the band really takes off on this amazing track. The CD ends with a very cool improve jam track called Reverberations which features some special guests on flute and hurdy gurdy! Wow... one of the best records of 2006 and may the psychedelic blues rock of the 70's live on!
For more information you can visit the Siena Root web site at: http://www.sienaroot.com.
Visit the Nasoni Records web site at: http://www.nasoni-records.com.
Reviewed by Scott Heller