Sari Schorr - Never Say Never: Album Review
Sari Schorr has been bimbling around the current blues rock scene for a while now following her debut album, 2016’s aptly entitled A Force Of Nature produced by Mike Vernon.
So it is with some excitement that she is dropping a new album, Never Say Never, her second release which features a stellar band to support her that includes Ash Wilson on guitar – an impressive player whose solo album we reviewed last year along with ex-King King keysman Bob Fridzema.
The album is a real pleasure to listen to as she bares her soul in the songs. The emotion flowing through her powerful voice is at times reminiscent of Janis Joplin – no mean feat!
The album opener, King Of Rock And Roll is a tribute to Robert Johnson as she sings of how he sold his soul to the devil at the infamous crossroads, is full of sultry grooves and reminds us of hot, steamy Tennessee summers.
Valentina, an uptempo rocker and probably my favourite track on the album, is about Schorr’s alter ego who comes to life in the song.
A Marc Bolan style riff introduces The New Revolution, a song about Martin Luther King Jr’s fight against discrimination and segregation, a fight that continues to this day, and the guitar solo in Beautiful is as emotionally charged as the song. Both pieces showcasing Ash Wilson’s playing which is stellar throughout the album.
Of the 11 tracks two are covers and both are excellent. The first, Ready For Love, is a song Mick Ralphs brought with him when he joined Bad Company; you can clearly hear how Paul Rodgers has influenced Schorr’s singing. It is both understated yet powerful. The second is Never Say Never, a song Ian McLagan of the Small Faces/Faces wrote following the death of his wife in a car accident, a song that was part of his healing process.
Never Say Never by Sari Schorr is released on Friday 5th October by Manhaton Records.
Catch Sari Schorr on tour by checking with: bandsintown.com/SariSchorr
Locally she is playing at:
Blue Funk Rhythm & Blues Club, Poynton
Friday 28th September 2018