Saturday, September 17, 2016

Lex Grey and the Urban Pioneers - Heal My Soul


2016 –  Lex Grey Music
By Phillip Smith; Sep. 17, 2016

“Heal My Soul”, the sixth album from the New York ensemble Lex Grey and the Urban Pioneers, has quite a kick to it.   Grey’s delivery is a force to be reckoned with, as she belts out powerful vocal performances in this ten song collection of original blues and straight-up rock and roll tunes.

Brian Dewan joins in with his homemade ‘Dewanatron’ which rolls the red carpet out for the album opener “Factory”.  Grey gets downright sultry on this bluesy track as Walter Tates Jr. dishes out some tasty sax licks.  When I hear “Quiet Place”, I’m taken back to the mid-Eighties when bands like the Pretenders ruled my turn-table. “Ghost” has some of those same qualities as well.  This cool rock and roll dirge hosts a most interesting and ominous tone, thanks to Vic Mix on guitar. 

Bringing the album to a close, is title track, “Heal My Soul”, which begins its journey with a slower pace, and ascends into a wonderful New York groove.  The song culminates by releasing oodles of emotion into a swirling soulful jam.