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By Phillip Smith; Jan. 09, 2021
After nearly eight years since releasing his last album Earth Music for Aliens, Northeast Arkansas blues-rocker/guitarist extraordinaire Tony Spinner is back with a fabulous new record Love is the Answer. Spinner joins bassist Michel Mulder and drummer Alex Steier once again in the studio for this project which spans a dozen original tracks. Recording took place at three locations: The Farm in Jonesboro, Arkansas, Lil’ Heaven Studios in Arnhem, Netherlands and Chill Hill Studio in Italy.
Spinner introduces the opening track “Same as it Ever Was” in a spaghetti-western fashion. Then with a blast of mind-blowing guitar shredding, switches into full-on funk. It sounds great! His infectious groovy funk continues on with “Dizzy”, with Spinner waxing nostalgic in an attempt to escape the insanity of the world. I love his jazz-guitar ode to little green men in “U.F.O.”. It’s so fun to hear him play this one. With title-track “Love is the Answer”, Spinner sings a message of peace and love, making for a beautiful ballad. The slide blues that pours from “True Love” is absolutely great. Laden with a plethora of aural treats, instrumental “Chun-Key” puts a gigantic smile on my face. Boasting seven and a half minutes of southern funk, “Big River” is another favorite. This composite of Allman and Marley is out of this world, and surprises me at every turn. Spinner truly out does himself on this track.
This is the third Tony Spinner album I’ve reviewed over the years, and he never ceases to amaze me. Love is the Answer is a gem indeed and I highly recommend this record.
For more information about the artist, visit this website : www.tonyspinner.com
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