Influenced by classic rock and American blues music, as well as more
recent radio bands like Gin Blossoms and Goo Goo Dolls, Blue Condition
balances the grit of vintage tones with innovative songwriting to create
catchy tunes that simultaneously sound both familiar and new. In
contrast with similarly rootsy contemporaries like the Black Crowes or
Black Keys, Blue Condition’s singer Michael Elford inflects with his
natural voice, creating an interesting contrast. On the upbeat opening
number “Where You Goin,” while the band fashions blues-tinged rock out
of Dobros, slide guitars, Matchless amps and old Fender gear, Elford’s
smooth tenor floats above the instrumentation sounding more relevant
than retro. The title track riffs on a humble boogie-rock groove before
Elford’s smoky voice ushers in the group who play with a clearly honed
chemistry while boasting some impressive accompanying vocal harmonies.
Not since U2’s Rattle and Hum has a band so fluidly balanced bygone bluesy resonance with modern day pop sensibilities.