Album Review: Blackberry Smoke – Holding All The Roses

blackberry smokeBlackberry Smoke – Holding All The Roses

Southern Rock | Country

86%

Holding All The Roses was my first encounter with Blackberry Smoke. They’ve passed through my musical radar before but I’ve kinda written them off as one of the many bands that live in the shadow of the Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Allman Brothers, and mechanically regurgitate southern rock. It seems I was greatly mistaken, this is an album that is full of heart and constant fun from beginning to end. It’s hard to pick favourites and even harder to find flaws as the songs are well rounded, superbly written and performed perfectly. It takes the best of southern rock and country music but without going too far in either direction. It has certainly enticed me to delve deeper into their back catalogue and I’m sure it will have the same effect on many others, it’s the kind of album whose quality will attract new listeners and get them to stay for the long haul even if it’s not usually their kind of taste. They’ve taken a genre that is far too often stagnant and unoriginal and have shown the world how it’s done. If Blackberry Smoke were around in 70s they would’ve given the greats a run for their money! If I had to pick the highlights of the album I’d choose the title track, “Wish In One Hand” and “Payback’s A Bitch”. Definitely worth a listen!

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