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THE EXCITEMENTS: BREAKING THE RULE (PENNIMAN RECORDS)
Well, wasn’t expecting this. A real ear turner, for want of a better phrase, from this Barcelona-based group. Why? It’s unashamed R&B/soul delivered in the old/sixties style, complete with its brashness and enthusiasm, with more than a little reverently swiped from the diehard musicians who made the soul world an exciting place to be in. Koko-Jean Davis is lead vocalist, and as such takes command of the swerving, stomping, often hard-hitting, beat provided by a mix of saxophones, guitars, held together by a determined drummer. The sound throughout is a full, ripe delivery of solid R&B from the opener “The Mojo Train” into “Fire” and “Wild Dog” and beyond. Bypassing the often compulsive Afro American influences, this outfit focuses heavily on R&B “old school” without ripping it off note for note. Ballads too are treated with due respect, notably the CD title “Breaking The Rule”. Very yummy. This, their third album (“The Excitements” – 2011, “Sometimes Too Much Ain’t Enough”, 2013) proves how loyal they are to the music that influenced them, although, I have to say, on occasion they lose their way, resulting in a maelstrom of nowhere sounds. However, having made a name for themselves across Europe, The Excitements hit London in September when, I’m told, audiences will catch energetic performances that match the music. Party time without mercy. Highly recommended naturally.

Rating: 8


About the Writer
Sharon Davis ran the Four Tops fan club before spearheading Motown Ad Astra, catering for all the Motown acts, where she edited the in-house magazine TCB. Was publicist for Fantasy, Stax and Salsoul before joining Motown Records in London. Formed her own press/promotion company Eyes & Ears, worked for Blues & Soul magazine and website, and became a full time author and researcher. To date Sharon has written eleven books (her last A Girl Called Dusty published by Carlton Books) and she’s working on her next - Divas Of Motown. As a researcher, Sharon assisted Diana Ross with her autobiography Secrets Of A Sparrow, and is now in constant demand for her knowledge about Motown and its artists.
  

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