Altered Five: Gotta Earn It Review

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel called Altered Five “a staple of the Midwest’s band scene.” Their sophomore album, Gotta Earn It, showcases their bluesy, soulful feel, while offering a variety of different types of songs. The lyrics in this album have the affect of being both simple yet impactful.

The first few tracks on Gotta Earn It introduce how talented each musician is both individually and as a group. However the first song that actually strikes you as more than just a typical blues song is “You’ve Got To Earn It,” which introduces a very fun and upbeat piano melody, but the vocals don’t quite match up to the music. “Keep the Best” and “Tight Spot” are two tracks that showcase lead singer Jeff Taylor’s voice very well, showing great range. However there are a few songs where the music outshines the vocals, where you can’t appreciate Taylor’s voice as much. Songs like “Dynamite” are so strong instrumentally, but don’t deliver to the same degree vocally. Gotta Earn It shines in its lyrics with simple rhymes like in “Bounce Back;” “I’m losing my grip but I won’t submit.” Lyrics like this are much more beautiful and powerful because of how simple they are.

Gotta Earn It succeeds in many ways, however has some vocal challenges. Overall, Altered Five’s sophomore album is an enjoyable album and fits well into the blues rock genre.

The Review: 7/10

Can’t Miss Tracks

– Mona Lisa
– You’ve Got To Earn It
– Dynamite

The Big Hit

– Tight Spot

Review by Victoria Espinoza

Pete Francis

Pete Francis is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Blues Rock Review. Pete founded Blues Rock Review in 2010 because he felt there was a major void in how the blues rock genre was covered. Pete is the host of Blues Rock Weekly and a co-host on the Blues Rock Show.

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  • I just got the CD in the mail for WMHB. Nice bluesin’. MONA LISA is a nice track, too, along with their cover of Marvin’ Gaye’s AIN’T THAT PECULIAR. Guitar blues but the organ sounds great, too.

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