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Album Review: Sky King - Morose Tales from the Left Coast

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Morose Tales from the Left Coast • Sky King • Blowin’ Smoke Records** • Producer: Larry “Fuzzy” Knight • Score: 8 out of 10

Larry “Fuzzy” Knight brings his classic rock/ blues/soul amalgam to this all-original project. Songs are laced with a tinge of melancholy, but also a lot of grit, reality, heart and good intentions. Lead vocalist/guitarist Walter Morosko is a fine wordsmith and, better than most, uses his raspy tenor to depict various aspects of the human condition. Lee Thornberg’s horn arrangements give things a vintage Tower of Power/Blood, Sweat & Tears vibe. Some grooves can be a bit similar and tedious at times, but, overall, an ambitious and refreshing take on blues-based rock. – Eric A. Harabadian

** The print version of this review attributes Rough Trade Records for the release when it was actually Blowin' Smoke Records