Norwegian blues rock guitarist Amund Maarud has released a second album in collaboration with Americana band Lucky Lips (Malin Pettersen (vocals, guitar), Stian J Sveen (pedal steel), Paal Emil Storm-Berg (drums), Even Reinsfelt Krogh (banjo) and Erlend Skullestad Hølland (bass)). «Wolves» is a beautiful blend of blues rock and Americana, proving that good Americana is no longer only coming from the USA. The styles compliment each other on the record and never clash. Rock fans can find plenty to enjoy here, including some powerful guitar solos by Maarud, particularly on the title track and the high octane «Burning Up», where his guitar takes on a psychedelic edge and sounds like he is playing with the brilliant Amgala Temple. The title track, which is also an intimate duet, showcases how well the voices of Maarud and Malin Pettersen blend together. There is an obvious dynamic energy and interaction, which comes from the band recording the album live in a barn. At times Maarud sounds like Tom Petty. The album is mixed and mastered by Steve Evans, who has worked on several Robert Plant releases. If you enjoy melodic music interlaced with guitar tones and textures, add this to your collection.
5/6 | Anne-Marie Forker
Release date: 25 February 2022