Dubbed the “best blues band in Israel,” Electric Blue presents Born In Sin. Noa Hellinger fronts the band, with Itai Rosenzweig on bass, Mor Benda on guitar, Ofir Ventura on harmonica and Ofer “Soli” Solomon on drums. The band features a colorful carnival as album art, which immediately catches the listener’s eye.
Born In Sin kicks off with its title track. This starts heavy and doesn’t stop. The guitar and drum are strong and Hellinger’s voice is smooth and sultry. Hellinger really belts it out on this track. The next track, “Texas Steel” is a lengthy jam. Coming in at just under eight minutes, “Texas Steel” gives us the first peek of a solid harmonica solo. Hellinger’s voice continues to be pleasantly smoky throughout the album.
Electric Blue seems to channel their inner punk rock with the track “Black Joe.” The backing vocals on this track pack it with plenty of girl power, without sounding cheesy. With the next few tracks, the band settles back into their blues ways, with tracks like ” The Wizard” and “Bruised and Broken.” “Lady Low” is a sassy track that yet again features harmonica. “Color Blue” is the heaviest track of Born In Sin. The guitar is powerful and rich and Hellinger’s voice matches it. This track also has a lo-fi twist to it that differentiates it from many of the other tracks on the album.
The last portion of Born In Sin is rather lengthy. The final two tracks of the album both come in past the seven minute mark and seem to go a little longer than truly needed. “Downtown” does show plenty of raw emotion and angst, making it a relatable track.
Born In Sin is a melting pot of many different genres. Born In Sin gives a good listen, but is missing just a little something extra to push it over the edge and make it something extra special. Considering Israel isn’t an area particularly known for its blues and rock n’ roll, Born In Sin still puts Electric Blue in an impressive spot.
The Review: 6.5/10
Can’t Miss Tracks
– Texas Steel
– Black Joe
– Lady Low
– Color Blue
The Big Hit
– Color Blue
Review by Alysha Rendflesh