The band’s third release, Restless, teems with excitement over their current lineup which features founding members Huge Clarke (Guitar/Vocals), Phil Clark (Sax/Vocals), Brian Steeves (Drums) along with newcomers Hilton Reddick (Guitar), Michael Robinson (Trombone/Piano) & Jamie Sparks (Bass).
Highlights include smooth jazz opener “Walk Alone”, the retro-soul groove “I Got You” and the adult disco slide “Home Again”; all are sung by Sparks and his tenor reminded me of John Legend’s soulful delivery. Clarke takes over vocal duties on the reggae-tinged “Light of Day” and the old school rock joint “Lonesome” showcasing his range in two very different styles.
Overall the band’s sheer enthusiasm is contagious, they have collected a strong set of songs that captures the essence of their influences; the band even gives homage by laying down some inspiring covers of Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together” and Bill Withers’ “Ain’t No Sunshine”. That being said, the band’s original work is what makes Restless an enjoyable listen from beginning to end. (Independent) ~ 3.5 Stars / 5 Stars