Art Tipaldi, Editor of Blues Revue, favorably reviewed UP 2 ZERO in the latest issue of the magazine proclaiming that “Gomes’ authentic voice and the formidable guitar chops put him in the forefront of modern blues.”
Here is the full review:
The opening track is classic Anthony Gomes. A powerful, over the top blues-rock explosion. But don’t assume that this is what Gomes’ sixth album is all about. Gomes immediately shifts gears on ‘One Last Time’ to a slow blues dance featuring his tortured vocals, Reese Wynans’ massive B-3, and Gomes’ stirring SRV guitar phrasing. “Fly Away” offers Gomes’ update of Little Milton’s famous cover of Isaac Hayes’ “Little Bluebird”. With its catchy, repetitive chorus and guitar riff, it has all the elements of a club anthem.
‘Room 414′ is an Albert Collins’ styled Texas shuffle. It’s a road song as Gomes speeds from New Orleans to a lover in Texas. As Gomes calls out to his “kind hearted woman preachin’ the blues,” we know that he’s really headed to the San Antonio hotel room 414, where on November 23, 1936, Robert Johnson recorded some of his seminal tunes. Very clever, Anthony. Gomes puts his aching, pained voice on full display on ‘Last Bluesman Gone,” as he asks the rhetorical questions we all wonder about, “What are we gonna do when the last bluesman’s gone? Who’s gonna sing the truth? Who’s gonna heal the world with their song?” From there, Gomes, with a chorus of spiritual moans, name calls the recent passings that the blues world has suffered – Big Jack, Koko, Fuzz, Big Eyes, Honeyboy, Hubert, and Etta. Like a field holler or benediction, it’s a simple two-minute hymn that will induce hours of memories and thoughts. Gomes also digs in the blues lore of Clarksdale, MS on the atmospheric ‘Voodoo Moon.’ It has all the mystery of driving flat Delta roads at midnight.
The final tune, “N’Abandonne Pas”, translated as “Do Not Abandon,” features Gomes, strings, and backing vocals in a lover’s plea to one whom he cannot live without. Though your high school French may not be of much help, the emotions of Gomes’ music cuts to the emotional core of his listener friendly song. His music, thought very contemporary, still reverently touches upon the places, people, and history that are the essence of this music. Gomes’ authentic voice and the formidable guitar chops put him in the forefront of modern blues.
UP 2 ZERO knocked Bonnie Raitt’s “Slipstream” out of the top spot on Ottawa’s 101.9 Dawg FM’s Radio Chart this week.
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