Review: Smith/Kotzen – Smith/Kotzen

Review: Smith/Kotzen – Smith/Kotzen

BMG Rights Management (March 26th 2021)

Reviewer: Dan Mann

There’s always a worry that an upcoming release won’t hit the mark even though everything points to the opposite. Fear not dear reader, that worry is simply that, a silly worry!

Smith/Kotzen‘ is an absolute joy, a much needed boost to the pleasure part of your noggin, an album that grabs you by the lugholes and refuses to let go (not that you want it to).

Yes this is heavily influenced by Richie Kotzen, those familiar with his solo output will feel quite at home. However Adrian Smith isn’t just some bolt on guitarist. What he brings is not just his exceptional guitar playing but also lets face it, he ain’t too shabby in both the vocal and the song penning department.

Messers Kotzen & Smith have taken that must missused project idea and delivered a coherent, highly polished slab of hard rock, injected with subtle elements of blues, funk & soul.

Most of you will already be familiar with the singles ‘Taking My Chances‘, ‘Running‘ and ‘Scars‘.

As superb as those three tracks are, there are others that just take matters to an even higher level. The multi layered ‘You Don’t Know Me‘ coming in at 7 minutes and 15 seconds, just holds your attention from start to end. The blues rock of ‘Glory Road‘ with it’s ZZ Top sounding riff and ‘Some People‘ which could so easily be a Satriani track.

Unsuprisingly ‘Smith/Kotzen‘ has leapt into the very short ‘must buy’ list of releases of 2021.

Anyway that’s enough time typing this review, I’m off to listen to it yet again………….loudly!


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