The Dove and Boweevil Band with their stonking great second album THIS LIFE Mr. Howes and Lauren Dove have conjured up an album as good as anything that British blues has had to offer this year, 12 self-written tracks of blues-inspired variety from the rocking opener Food For Love to the much more vulnerable closer Maple Leaf. There will be no stopping them and I, for one, will be happy to watch them strut their stuff.
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Without doubt the most mature thing they’ve done and the class they ooze from every pore has been turned up several notches in the heat.
Absolutely drenched in soul, this is a glorious throwback to those endless Summer days of the 60’s and 70’s, everything exuding a chilled out and sensual groove that will bring sunshine flooding into your heart.
They have developed, got a great sound and mix, Lauren’s voice soaring better than it ever has … and the songs! Really great, great stuff. They should be feeling very proud of themselves, both for the album and the marvelous event that the launch night was.
'The music has a zest for life the lyrics shine and the singing is full of tonal shapes and depths'. 'Kicking up a storm with the combination of Mark’s guitar playing that adds a layer and stability allowing Lauren Dove to have complete vocal freedom from the hush of a whispered confidence to the squeal and a holler that could be heard across many a cotton field, and would wake up the cotton weevil. Dove & Boweevil’s music on This Life is inspired by blending a mix of styles and emotions that blend just like life. It is a mix of knowledge, experience and passion as they weave together a sound that knots together the ties of Blues, Soul, and Southern Rock with a twist of country. The sound is infectious modern and British despite the influences, the music flows and drives the lyrics sung with passion yet having a naivety and innocence in the vocals delivered by Lauren.'
Listening to the opening few seconds, with loud slide guitar licks and singer Lauren Dove's shriek of delight, you just know it's going to be a good 'un, and so it turns out. 'This Life owes something to the likes of Free, Bonnie Raitt, The Tedeschi-Trucks Band, and occasionally, in the album's darker moments, Dr. John. A heady mix, but far more orginal.