The latest release from the Terry Quiett Band, Taking Sides, is an eclectic mix of hard-hard hitting rockers, soulful ballads, and gorgeous minor gems, featuring Quiett’s impressive guitar chops punctuated by a crisp horn section, a rock-solid rhythm section, and some tasty blues harp.
The first half of the record sounds like vintage Terry Quiett: hard-hitting blues-rockers. Quiett plays and sings with attitude, and the tracks are, for the most part, enjoyable. That being said, the first half of the record is essentially what one would expect of Quiett; it does not surprise, amaze, or disappoint. However, starting with a nice ballad in “A Fool Should Know,” the album turns over a new leaf. The second half of the record is filled with spacey minor blues numbers, ballads, and is just dripping with soul. However, this is still Terry Quiett, so the tracks are still full of energy, passion, and attitude. Among the gems in this half of the record are “A Fool Should Know,” “Two Hearts,” “I Come Running,” and a well-executed cover of Marvin Gaye’s “Let’s Get It On,” which are hands-down the best tracks on the record.
This record is set up in an interesting way. It juxtaposes the classic Terry Quiett sound against a different musical sound, both of which are enjoyable and good. That being said, it makes the record sound more like two separate releases, instead of one coherent one. This, this critic supposes, is the idea behind the Taking Sides title, but it still feels a bit odd. As far as the music is concerned, however, there is little to take issue with. The players are good, the songs are nice, and there isn’t anything to really pick at. This is an enjoyable record.
The Review: 8.5/10
Can’t Miss Tracks
– A Fool Should Know
– Two Hearts
– I Come Running
– Let’s Get it On (Bonus Track)
The Big Hit
– I Come Running
Review by Nik Rodewald