CD Review - Mind Games by Paul Lamb and the King Snakes
A CD Review of Mind Games by Paul Lamb and the King Snakes
CD Review – Paul Lamb and the Kingsnakes – Mind Games
Secret Records Ltd
The Harmonica player and band leader Paul Lamb leads his well drilled group through a collection of new songs, and covers on his new release – Mind Games. Well known for their energetic live-shows, the album catches some of that energy in the grooves. Led by the distinctive Harmonica of Paul Lamb, the album also features telling contributions from Lamb’s son, Ryan on lead guitar, and some fine singing from Chad Strenz. The heavy lifting of providing new material is provided by most of the players, whilst the album closes with versions of Bob McGhee’s ‘The Blues had a Baby’ and Leadbelly’s ‘Midnight Special’, an acappella version featuring the Staples Singers, showing the collective is still in touch with their roots. The opening title track is a slinky 60’s type rave up, whilst ‘Come to the Conclusion’ is the group channelling their inner Johnny Lee Hooker, complete with dynamic breakdown in the middle. Other pieces such as ‘Depressing Recession’ are both timeless and sadly, timely, looking at the struggles of less prosperous times. This is the work of talented musicians, and writers who are veterans of the live and studio circuits, and although you may not be able to teach old dogs new tricks, these players still have enough curiosity.