Colossal Street Jam is 70’s blues jamming with a grungy overtone. Living Free brings vocal runs and a good attitude with soulful riffs and groovy beats.
Take “Won’t Last This Way,” where you’ll beg for the sway to stay. Drum-led play-offs with string-climbing chords drop the tempo to the organ’s choir stride in “Skies Above.”
Blues is the essence of this album while a soundtrack-styled “Living Free” dances with a rock-lovin’ organ. Then, “Songbird” drifts in as a master ballad. The wonder of this track is in the unrushed devotion. It holds you in the languished rhythm and settles into the pocket.
“Hanging Around” brings back the beat and drops you off at the high-spirited ace cover of “Be Good to Yourself;” my favorite on the record. From “Monday Morning Mass,” that dwells in a far-out jive, to the sexy desperation of “I Can’t Take It,” Colossal Street Jam are audio-Casanovas. They sing “Let it Go,” but if those keys keep that swing, I’m holding on tightly. Calm down, it’s not the Disney track.
I dig it. “Runnin'” is a roadtrip maker, an adventure peddler, a ‘get moving’ jive. Then, Colossal Street Jam delivers the live sounds of “Sweet Little Lady,” and I immediately understand the hold-on antics of the mysterious woman they name-drop in the track. I feel you, girl. I’m on the edge of crazy in response to those vocals too.
Colossal Street Jam has brought soul to rock industry with Living Free, and they do it better than anyone else.