"Backbeat": The sixth album by the Tommy Schneller Band comes around the corner with full steam. Off into the slot with CD 1 of the two-part digipack: Jens Filser's dirty slide guitar starts cutting, after a few seconds the blues / soul locomotive rolls through the brain and does not stop for the next 49 minutes.
"Rhythm is truth", Tommy creaks into the microphone at the opener "Backbeat". A line that could be tattooed. Leaning far back, the seven-piece band grooves its way through ten great songs. This is timeless blues music with a rocky edge, which always has one foot in soul. The focus is on Tommy's distinctive voice - the cigarette on the cover is not a decoration - and his unmistakable saxophone.
The Tommy Schneller sound breathes the air of Beale Street, but on CD 2 Tommy dares an experiment and sings three songs in his mother tongue. Blues-rooted music with German lyrics - can that go well? It can. The translated versions are at least as authentic and casual as the English-language numbers. The big advantage: you can start singing along even faster.
02 Trust In Yourself
03 I Know What You're Thinking
05 barefootin '
06 Let Your Soul Shine
07 Cold Attitude
08 The Sun Is Shining Again
09 Love Is The Key
10 tryin 'to let go
01 Ass cold
02 Let the soul fly
03 I hear you thinking out loud
04 Ass Cold Art (Radio Edit)
05 Let the Soul Fly (Radio Edit)
06 I hear you thinking out loud (Radio Edit)