An Electrifying Journey through Blues and Rock
Review By Glen Parkes bb
When Rivers Meet, the British husband-and-wife duo composed of Grace Bond (vocals, mandolin, violin) and Aaron Bond (vocals, guitar, percussion), has once again graced us with their musical prowess in their latest album “Aces Are High.” Seamlessly blending blues, rock, and folk influences, this album takes listeners on a dynamic and emotionally charged journey.
The album kicks off with Infected this track immediately sets the tone with Grace’s soulful vocals and Aaron’s gritty guitar work. The track’s raw energy and depth captivate the listener, drawing them into When Rivers Meet’s world. As the album progresses, tracks like “Aces are High and Perfect Stranger showcase the duo’s ability to craft powerful and melodically engaging songs, with lyrics that delve into themes of love, resilience, and experiences.
One of the standout moments on the album is the standing track that is The Secret Grace brings her own unique flavour to the track, infusing it with a modern blues-rock twist while maintaining the song’s inherent Blues rock feel. Grace’s vocals shine once again, delivering a captivating performance that pays homage to blues rock while adding a fresh layer of intensity.
The title track, “Aces Are High,” encapsulates the heart of the album, with its driving rhythm, electrifying guitar solos, and passionate vocal delivery. The song’s anthemic quality makes it a live performance highlight waiting to happen. On the softer side, “by your side” offers a reflective moment, allowing the listener to catch their breath amidst the album’s high-energy tracks.
In terms of production, the album maintains a balance between a polished sound and the raw, unbridled energy that is essential to blues and rock music. The duo’s chemistry and musical synergy are evident throughout the album, a testament to their connection both as musicians and partners.
“Aces Are High” is not just an album; it’s a testament to the power of music to evoke emotions, tell stories, and connect people. When Rivers Meet has managed to craft a collection of songs that pays homage to their blues-rock roots while pushing the boundaries of the genre. Grace and Aaron’s authenticity and passion shine through in every note, making this album an essential addition to any music lover’s collection. With its blend of soulful melodies, masterful guitar work, and unforgettable vocals, “Aces Are High” solidifies When Rivers Meet as a force to be reckoned with in the world of contemporary blues and rock music.
1. Infected 2. Seen It All Before 3. Play My Game 4. Golden 5. Aces Are High 6. Trail To Avalon 7. Perfect Stranger 8. The Secret 9. By Your Side 10. 5 Minutes Until Midnight
11th – Firevolt Rock Festival, Stockport
17th/22nd – Joe Bonamassa’s Keeping Blues Alive at Sea III, Athens, Greece
16th – Hop Harvest Festival, Farnham
27th – O2 Academy 2, Islington (Sold Out)
6th – Cornwall Rocks Festival, Looe
12th – Whitby Blues, Rhythm & Rock, Whitby