Flesh And Blood - Sandi Thom
Sandi Thom's career has moved at quite a pace since her internet sensation days. Now fronting her own Guardian Angels record label, the Scottish singer/songwriter decamped to Nashville's legendary 16 Tons Studio and employed Rich Robinson of the Black Crowes' as producer for this her fourth album. Certainly not a shy affair, there's a blues rock swagger in evidence with twists and turns aplenty. What is certain is it will dispel any previously held beliefs about Sandi, or for the uninitiated, be a mighty introduction.
Rich Robinson also steps out from behind the desk to join in on guitar alongside fellow former Black Crowe Audley Freed (guitar), Nashville stars Mike Webb (Keys) and James Haggerty (bass), and Black Crowes drummer Steve Gorman. There are also guest appearances from Rolling Stones collaborator, saxophonist Bobby Keys, and Sandi’s life-long drummer Craig Connet.
another side to an artist who's found a home for her obvious talents.
Leadbelly's 'In The Pines' certainly doesn't get this treatment very often with Sandi's voice performing moves of Olympian proportions as guitar fills subtly raise the temperature. Equally epic is the scorching road to redemption number, 'Save Some Mercy For Me'. There's more rock 'n' raunch for 'I Owe You Zero', a rollercoaster of a ballad which homes in on a troubled past. Whereas the title track opts for a feisty gospel choir approach with thumping rhythm and unbridled passion.
Bluesman extraordinaire Joe Bonamassa is the focus of 'I Love You Like A Lunatic' as Sandi raves about their love affair. And, in a join the dots moment, Kevin Shirley, producer to Joe amongst others, is onboard to mix two tracks: a piano driven duet with Buffy Sainte-Marie on Buffy's own classic, 'Big Ones Get Away' and 'Sun Comes Crashing Down' which possesses a fabulous full gloss Fleetwood Mac vibe. Interestingly, the latter began life whilst Sandi was in Africa as an Oxfam ambassador and witnessed the heart crushing realities of a poor harvest: another side to an artist who's found a home for her obvious talents.