Strongman: No Time Like Now Review

No Time Like Now is the latest album from the Canadian award-winning Strongman featuring Alec Fraser and Rob Szabo on bass, Adam Warner and Dave King on drums, Jesse O’Brien on keyboard and Steve Strongman on guitar, vocals and harmonica. The album has Randy Bachman as a special guest on the version of “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet” by the Canadian rock group Bachman-Turner Overdrive. No Time Like Now takes you for a blues rock trip since the beginning. Steve played Gibson ES-335 and ’59 Les Paul reissue resulting in awesome guitar tones, fitting perfectly in each song. It’s Strongman’s third album produced by Rob Szabo.

No Time Like Now opens with the title track centered on the guitar riff, the song’s about making the most of the moment, a feeling that goes through the rest of the album. “Bring the Hammer Down” keeps the energy of the title track, just like “Money in the Bank,” probably with the best guitar riff. The cover “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet” respects the original version but you can notice Steve’s trademark on the song. “Love Love Love,” one of the peaks of the album, has Steve playing the harmonica. The next few song maintain the level of the album, with “Old School” perhaps being the best track. The album slows down at the end, attention to “The Day They Carry Me Away,” the ballad shows us a great guitar solo.

After the multi awarded A Natural Fact, Steve Strongman returned to show his talent with another great album. No Time Like Now gives you 10 tracks of high quality blues rock filled with tasteful guitar riffs and solos. Steve’s keeping the genre alive by exploring new ground but maintaining the blues roots and using the elements of a great blues album.

The Review: 8/10

Can’t Miss Tracks

– No Time Like Now
– Money in the Bank
– Love Love Love
– Old School
– The Day They Carry Me Away

The Big Hit

– Old School

Review by Pedro Matta

Buy the album: Amazon | Amazon UK

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