Modern Country Soul mastermind Matthew E White's Spacebomb journey continues. 'Fresh Blood' finds White's aims coming closer to fulfilment. It feels like a natural continuation of the easygoing, R&B driven sound dominant on 'Big Inner', but it is a more energetic, and in places darker, record than its predecessor. Standouts are 'Rock and Roll is cold' which is a mix of the Velvets 'What's Going On' and Curtis Mayfield, 'Holy Moly' an intimate song written in response to the child abuse scandal in the Catholic church and closing cut 'Love is Deep' which is full of blissful grooves that namechecks Billie Holiday, Judee Sill, Sam Cooke and Sister Rosetta Tharpe. 'Fresh Blood' is simply sultry and irresistible with higher highs and lower lows, lighter lights and darker darks.
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