Album Name: Agave Summer
Artist: Alpha Blue
Year/Label: 2004 / Independent
Review by Anna Maria Stjärnell
Alpha Blue’s music is quirky and charming with a unique twist provided by Debo’s sweet vocals.
“Memories” is infectious folk pop with heavenly harmonies and a great saxophone bit by Jonnie Grimes.
“Yer Drinking Yerself to Death Blues” is an up-tempo song about a sad topic. Alpha Blue manages to make it seem like a natural combination. Debo plays the accordion which is always a plus.
“Aint Life Grand” offers a message of hope to its jaunty tune. The song reminds me a bit of Vaya Con Dios if anyone remembers them? Ah ,dating myself here. Debo’s vocal has a radinat quality here.
An original cover of Iggy Pop’s “The Passenger” further proves the bands versatility. Here it becomes a rustic, acoustic singalong rather than a rock anthem.
“God Packed his suitcase” tells a darkly compelling tale to another happy melody. The mandolin part adds flavor.
Alpha Blue is an original band and this is a forceful debut.
Posted on October 20, 2004
Listen to track samples
2. Yer Drinkin’ Yerself to Death Blues
3. 190 Angels
5. Ain’t Life Grand
6. About You
7. Love Me Up
8. The Passenger
9. God Packed His Suitcase
10. Words to Tell You
11. When You Get There