19 Jun 2019
UsernamePassword

Remember Me? | Join | Recover
Click here to sign in via social networking

ErnieJ White - Album Review: I Know (You Don’t Know Me)

15 Jun 2019 // Review by Darryl Baser

If modern soulful electric blues is your thing, this is your album. Right from the first track, it’s different – but it’s still the blues.

The title track I Know (You Don’t Know Me) follows and sounds like a challenge to a faceless politician or leader of some sort. Being a songwriter, I always love to know what a song is about, or the situation which sparked it.

There You Go is the third song in and the first ballad, and it showcases a 100% blues vibe. Why? slows it down even more to a positively dirge speed. The main piano riff and gospel choir adding ‘oohs and aahs’ is fabulous, it’s got the quality of early Pink Floyd, especially in the lead guitar tone which is eased back on the distortion to give the song just a little valve warmth - absolutely gorgeous.

Silent Tears brings the tempo back up to medium blues rock. while Bad Blood is reminiscent of Every Breath You Take, particularly in the guitar’s intro ghosted note riff, before it morphs into a monster track.

Why Do You Care? is a four on the floor straight line blues track. Lyrically it's about the growing issues of homelessness in New Zealand, sung from both a homeless person’s and an observer’s point of view. It’s beautifully written.

With It’s Okay To Cry the tempo drops, with the piano and gospel choir accompanying that beautiful warm clean guitar tone to perfection. This is a song about a relationship ending which is such a cliche topic, but Ernie J nails it well.

Nothing Changes wraps up this ten song album, and it was the first song which didn’t completely grab me. It has a reggae lilt in the rhythm and lyrically it’s about some changes in the author’s life. Oh, and that fabulous gospel choir returns as well. I love the way this song closes the album, with an ending that’s so quick, it made me think, "woah, what happened"?

I Know (You Don’t Know Me) is a brilliant album, especially if you’re partial to late 60's/early 70's blues. This album is really on point. Ernie J’s gravelly voice sounds cool and adds to the authentic blues feel of this release.

Rating: ( 4 / 5 )
 

Latest Reviews

The Snake Behaviour - Album Review: Serpent Psychology
15 Jun 2019 // by Jamie Denton
Christchurch-based rock band The Snake Behaviour have recently released their debut full-length album entitled Serpent Psychology. Having been familiar with the band’s name, but not their music, I was nervously excited to check this out.
Read More...
Missy - EP Review: Strange
13 Jun 2019 // by Ben Ruegg
At 25, Missy is someone that you must keep on your radar. From the moment the EP starts, it is evident that Missy means business.
Read More...
Soaked Oats - EP Review: Sludge Pop
13 Jun 2019 // by Jason Peters
Soaked Oats are a quirky four headed indie beast hailing from the great southern city of Dunedin, a city that’s very well known for its plethora of fine alternative bands over the years, these guys carry on that tradition with their latest offering a 5 track EP called Sludge Pop.Sludge Pop kicks off with opening track Shuggah Doom, I really dig the dreamy guitar tones and laid back vocal delivery on this tune, this one reminds me of the band Pavement, with cool and witty lyrics like “Well it’s no wonder there’s thunder but don’t forget your lighting crew, yes if there’s a film going on then be sure it’s not all about you” the outro picks up the pace and builds into a sweet sonic blast of musical bliss.
Read More...
B.A.D.S - Single Review: How Deep the River Runs
12 Jun 2019 // by Darryl Baser
Wellington’s B.A.
Read More...
Miss June - Gig Review: Miss June @ The Old Blue Last, London - 11/06/2019
12 Jun 2019 // by Paul Goddard
Tonight just blew my mind.Here I am in London town and just checked into one of the funkiest/quirkiest (usually code word for SHITE on booking.
Read More...
Sonic Delusion - Album Review: Anything Goes
11 Jun 2019 // by Andrew Smit
What a wonderfully positive experience it was to review Sonic Delusion's new album Anything Goes. 10 tracks of splendidly good tunes that make you feel good, with catchy grooves and upbeat rhythms, the music is best described as a kind of funky folk pop but with extra fizz, and sparkle, that is so easy to enjoy.
Read More...
Human Confusion - Single Review: Overwhelmed
07 Jun 2019 // by Jamie Denton
Human Confusion, a Dunedin-based electronica duo, have recently released three separate, distinct, and musically diverse versions of their first single entitled Overwhelmed. Comprised of seasoned musicians Miriam Leslie (Spinster/Fray) and Elenor Rayner (Robots in Love), Human Confusion describe themselves as a “perfect mix of dance-worthy grooves and rich melodies”.
Read More...
Blue River Baby - Single Review: Blue River Baby
06 Jun 2019 // by Trevor Faville
The hard working Wellington based 'electric psychedelic soul and funk rock' ensemble Blue River Baby have released their self-titled and third single as a video. Blue River Baby clearly has the same evolution as Walk of Shame and Black Yard Town.
Read More...
View All Reviews
Want your CD reviewed?
If you have recently released something and want it reviewed Contact Us today for details...

Latest Interviews

Dead Favours - Interview: Dead Favours
17 Jun 2019 // by Paul Goddard
Molly Devine - Interview: Molly Devine
10 Jun 2019 // by Darryl Baser
Lakius - Interview with Lakius
05 Jun 2019 // by James Castady-Kristament
Kahika - Interview with Kahika
28 May 2019 // by Kerry Kingi
Young Lyre - Interview with Young Lyre
24 May 2019 // by Paul Goddard
Eyreton Hall - Interview with Eyreton Hall
24 May 2019 // by Darryl Baser
Spawts - Interview with Spawts
23 May 2019 // by Kerry Kingi
View All Interviews

muzic.net.nz Newsletters

06 May 2019
PUNK IT UP & FROM THE PIT EXHIBITION
07 Apr 2019
CORIDIAN & SKINNY HOBOS
03 Mar 2019
PAPERCITY & ROB JOASS
03 Feb 2019
HOT RIGHT NOW & JON TOOGOOD
02 Dec 2018
MNZ: INSIDE THE MUZIC - 2018 & THANKS
04 Nov 2018
ALAE & BLUE RIVER BABY
07 Oct 2018
BAKERS EDDY & MOONE
02 Sep 2018
BOYCRUSH & BINGO FIGHTER
05 Aug 2018
DECADES & ARRAYS
View All Newsletters

NZ Top 10 Singles

  • OLD TOWN ROAD (REMIX)
    Lil Nas X feat. Billy Ray Cyrus
  • I DON'T CARE
    Ed Sheeran And Justin Bieber
  • BAD GUY
    Billie Eilish
  • SOMEONE YOU LOVED
    Lewis Capaldi
  • TRUTH HURTS
    Lizzo
  • CROSS ME
    Ed Sheeran feat. Chance The Rapper And PnB Rock
  • IF I CAN'T HAVE YOU
    Shawn Mendes
  • THE LONDON
    Young Thug feat. J. Cole And Travis Scott
  • TALK
    Khalid And Disclosure
  • 3 NIGHTS
    Dominic Fike
View the Full NZ Top 40...
muzic.net.nz Logo
100% New Zealand Music
All content on this website is copyright to muzic.net.nz and other respective rights holders. Redistribution of any material presented here without permission is prohibited.
Report a ProblemReport A Problem