MonkeyJunk: Moon Turn Red Review

Moon Turn Red is MonkeyJunk’s newest album, their fourth released with Stony Plain Records. The Ottawa-based trio is formed by Steve Marriner on vocals, harmonica, keyboards, baritone guitar; Tony D. on lead guitar and background vocals; and Matt Sobb on drums, percussion, and background vocals.

MonkeyJunk has used this album to perfect a new sound that is sure to excite and satisfy all “Monkey Junkies,” (the name dubbed for fans of the band) and new fans alike. The group’s swamp-rock roots and blues sound stays true while also experimenting with soul, country, jazz, and a psychedelic funk sound throughout the album. Marriner’s raw and free vocals shone through and allow the band’s original sound and strong lyrics to hit home. The album is a mix of rock anthems and heartfelt ballads.

The album opens with, “Light It Up,” which promises to be a sure fire hit and an instant classic for the band. Tracks like “You,” and “Meet me at Midnight” shine through with soulful lyrics and catchy hooks sure to get stuck in the mind after listening. These songs are a great contrast and break from the harder and more classic rock themes covering most of the remaining album. Canadian guitarist David Wilcox is featured on the album. MonkeyJunk did their own take on Wilcox’s song “Hot Hot Papa.” The combination is a sure thing and the song is sure to get listeners excited and on the dance floor.

Overall, MonkeyJunk is a group of solid musicians who have managed to stay consistent with their original sound while also introducing new grooves into an excellent and well-written album.

The Review: 8.5/10

Can’t Miss Tracks

– You
– Hot Hot Papa
– Show Me Yours
– Travelin’ Light
– Light It Up

The Big Hit

– Light It Up

Review by Keri McAlpine

Buy the album: Amazon

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