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Black Coffee’s New Album: Take One

Black Coffee
Photo Courtesy of their facebook.

When asked to listen to Black Coffee’s latest release, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. Thankfully, I was pleasantly surprised.

The Columbus Ohio trio recently formed in February of 2017. Though the band is still in its infancy state (by most standards, Ehab Omran, Justin Young, and Tommy McCullough create music that highlights their raw talent as musicians and showcases their witty lyrics.

Black Coffee is a definite throw back to the 60s and 70s rock I grew up with. This album is full of references to AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, and the Who. Though the trio has these retro sounds, they modernize their music through their lyrics. The combination of blues and retro-rock

Their video for the single “I Barely Know Her” begins with a montage like a nostalgic remake of the video Extreme’s “More Than Words.” Slowly it fades into a fish-eyed, full color concert.  The song starts sweet and then hits hard, picking up the tempo around the 0:45 mark.  The guitars in the song are reminiscent of Lenny Kravitz.  Even the styling of the band and video show the influences from the bands of the late 60s and early 70s.

The album defintely gets you jamming your air-guitar from start to finish. (I’m not ashamed to admit I was playing my air-guitar on the treadmill at the gym.)

Other notable tracks include:

“The Traveler”–  This song reminds me of Lynyrd Skynyrd.  A cross between a ballad and an anthem, it has been heavily played on my Spotify account.

“Away”– At first, I thought this was an instrumental.  Then at around 2+minutes, vocals (with a hint of Brian Johnson) kick in.

Overall:  I give this album an 8 out of 10.  I really enjoyed the modernization of the music I grew up listening to.  I am excited to see what they do next.

To learn more about Black Coffee, visit https://www.facebook.com/officialblackcoffee/

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