The Great Escape - S/T

Released October 17, 2014

By Graham White

Opening their self titled album with a strong beat and Aretha Franklin style vocals, it is hard to do anything but groove along to the spicy soulful tunes of The Great Escape. Bluesy rock and roll cruises alongside ripping jazz licks, creating a dynamic listening experience that is hard to put away. It is as if we have come full circle from Woodstock ’69, with modernity latching on to classic rock sounds. The Great Escape seems to be the illegitimate love child of The Dead Weather and Janis Joplin, with wicked blues and howling vocality.

All I Think About lights up listener’s ears instantly. A grooving beat perfectly compliments the impressive vocality being spun by Amie Miriello while a bluesy guitar wails to perfection, capturing listeners in the depths of the album’s tone. Rebel brings attitude with it’s solid blues beat and jazzy riffs, topped off with a gritty vocal tone that makes for a hard rocking track. With a horn section blowing the roof off, Rebel is impossible to sit still to. The Secret Song follows with an uplifting sound, completed with harmonica and acoustic guitar under a pure and happy vocal tone. It is a track that is full of 1960’s optimism, both positive and full of life. I Want It All shows that The Great Escape takes it’s blues seriously. With a sound that would fit right in at a smokey club, the track is instantly danceable. Don’t Wake Me Up smoothly caresses the listener’s ears, with Miriello’s vocality proving itself to be a touch more than perfect.

It’s Getting Better pushes forward with a strong beat, making for a supremely danceable track. With each passing track, the vocal tone continues to amaze my ears. It’s Getting Better is no exception, possessing a vocal quality that could not make my ears more pleased! Let’s Go follows with a Jitterbug-esque groove, made fresh with the screeching guitar riffs played by Malte Hagermeister. Exciting and full of energy, the track is a serious ride. Put It On Ice adds an interesting twist to the sound listener’s have been expecting. Taking on a funky groove with deepened vocals, the track is quite enjoyable, funky and danceable from beginning to end. I Just Can’t Help Myself ends the album with a sombre blues sound, with Miriello’s vocals shining above a fingerpicked guitar. As the track rises in intensity, so too does the power in Miriello’s voice.

For those looking for that nostalgic yet contemporary blues rock sound, look no further. The Great Escape’s self titled album provides listeners with an amazing collection of blues tracks and impressive jazz inspired vocality.