The Magpie Salute is to bands what the Justice League is to super heroes. Their new self-titled debut album brings together a slightly massive ten piece band including legends like Rich Robinson, Marc Ford and Sven Pipien of The Black Crowes. Adding to the mix a host of vocalists like lead singer John Hogg, former Crowes’ singer Charity White as well as background singers, Adrien Reju and Katrine Ottosen ( who shine on tracks like “Glad and Sorry” and “Time Will Tell”). Drumming for the Group is Joe Magistro and joining in on guitar is Nico Bereciartua. The album is also lucky enough to be the last time the magic of the late Black Crowes Keyboardist Eddie Harsch made it to the studio to be captured.
The album was recorded live in the studio in front of one lucky audience at AppleHead Recording up in Woodstock. The one exception to this is the opening track “Omission,” which kicks things off with a grunge blues sound that leaves the impression that The Black Crowes got to hang out with Alice In Chains for a day.
The impressive harmonies aren’t the only thing that “Glad and Sorry” has going for it, it also features some wonderful melodic guitar work. Meanwhile “Time Will Tell” has an almost island reggae up beat to go with the superb female vocals.
Overall when the melodic guitar and organ and keys are added together the album has an almost 1960s sound to it almost like Blue Oyster Cult and The Doors did an album together and kept it in a time capsule for 50 years.
While “Omission” rocks a little harder than the rest of the album, the studio audience present on the rest of the tracks keep the energy ever present, I almost caught myself clapping along with them. This album is a must have for any collection.
The Review: 9.5/10
Can’t Miss Tracks
– Coming Home
– Glad and Sorry
– Goin’ Down South
– Time Will Tell
The Big Hit
Review by Jeremy Schantz