Lonesome Highway Album Review

Kim Lenz Slowly Speeding Blue Star

“The idea was to try and use all the ingredients that made up rock & roll, but shift around the time frames’’, explains Kin Lenz on the direction of her fifth solo album, the shamelessly rampant and abrasive Slowly Speeding. Though she is generally labelled as a rockabilly artist, Slowly Speeding is testimony to Kim Lenz’s wide musical footprint and her capacity to excel across wider genres including blues, gospel and old-time country, without ever straying far from her trademark rockabilly sound. Guitars screech, bass lines thump and drums keep pace with Lenz’s seductive vocals throughout the album, which finds Lenz and her cohorts at the top of their game from the outset. The brutal stomping blues opener Bogeyman sets the scene for what’s to follow. I’ll Find You has a dynamic beat that recalls Should I Stay Or Should I Go? by The Clash and the title track Slowly Speeding is a cracking two step country dance tune, with precise and alluring vocals (“Slowly speeding, my heart is beating, Going zero to sixty with you’’). Percolate is Chuck Berry sounding no nonsense rock & roll, naughty but nice (“ Percolating, percolating, stimulating, undulating, generating. You’ve got me percolating’’). Bury Me Deep is equally toe tapping and danceable with a ripping guitar break and pulsating bass lines throughout.

 D.H. Phillips, who co-produced the album with Lenz, plays electric and steel guitar, Tjarko Jeen also plays guitar and adds six string bass, with Jake Erwin on bass and Santos De Leon on drums. Between them they create a dynamic musical landscape, the sympathetic production giving every instrument equal space to accentuate Lenz’s raspy growling vocals. 

 A rockabilly rollercoaster that delivers on so many fronts, I expect Slowly Speeding to be inhabiting my car CD player for quite a while in the coming months!

Review by Declan Culliton


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Tuesday November 6th
No Depression, The Journal of Roots Music debut’s first single, the tile track to Slowly Speeding as it’s weekly “Fresh Track”
Rockabilly goddess Kim Lenz offers the title track from her upcoming album Slowly Speeding, “a slightly off-kilter waltz for a slightly off-kilter love affair.”  Lenz is gearing up to release Slowly Speeding, her fifth album, on February 22, 2019. Lenz is a songwriter, performer, bandleader, engineer and producer who pores over every nuance of her music to ensure maximum potency. The 10 songs on Slowly Speeding  brim with growling vocals, clever turns of phrase and heightened musicianship that services both the songs and the emotional intent behind them. As the first song written for the project, “Slowly Speeding” sets the pace for what follows — a gauzy, Western Gothic gaze into the heart of a woman who has abandoned her walls and inhibitions so that this deep, dark love might overtake her.

Slowly Speeding

February 2019 will see Slowly Speeding, Kim Lenz's fifth album, brought to her audiences.

On Slowly Speeding, Lenz examines a variety of roots music traditions through the lens of her critically-acclaimed song writing and gift for combining the unexpected with the familiar. Informed by her wide-ranging influences, Lenz has created a powerful soundscape that promises to delight her loyal fanbase and reach new listeners.

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