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Dr. Izzy Band - 'Blind & Blues Bound' http://www.rocktopia.co.uk/media/reviews/photos/thumbnail/200x200s/11/b3/9d/dr-izzy-band-blind-and-blues-bound-38-1398883589.jpg Hot

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It may be too Bluesy for some of our readership but if you like the genre there is much to appreciate here.

When I received this album for review, I initially thought the band was called "Drizzy" due to their web address, but I can assure you it is in fact Dr. Izzy. Izzy lost her sight at the age of nine, but that didn't stop her from becoming a professional singer and enrolling into college to become a chiropractor, which is where her Doctor title comes from.

Teaming up with guitarist and song writer Robert Morrison, Dr. Izzy has made this debut record; a Blues Rock drenched effort covering a variety of moods and topics. Izzy possess a strong, clear voice which sounds great on the harmonica drenched rocker 'Matches Don't Burn Memories' which also features Grammy winner James Cotton providing the effective Blues harp stabs. 'Soul Dance' is more acoustic and far darker lyrically, dealing with a person receiving news they had been diagnosed with cancer.

The plodding 'Been A Long Time Coming' I found to be a bit of a drag; initially estimating it to run for six or more minutes, when in fact it's only four and a half, but it felt a lot longer due to its repetitive dirgy nature.

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'Earth Bound' is better with some great electric Blues guitar riffing while 'Old Black Crow' harks back to a classic Delta Blues style. 'Passion's Not A Crime' features one of Izzy's best vocals on the record and it is the standout ballad. 'Hang Tough' is another standout for me with a great swagger about it and a cool riff.

The album is a solid collection of Blues themed songs, well performed and well sung. Personally, I could have done with another upbeat track in the middle of the album as there are several songs of similar pace there. Aside from that, an impressive debut – it may be too Bluesy for some of our readership but if you like the genre there is much to appreciate here.

James Gaden

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