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Living Colour: Shade

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Shades un disco assolutamente fedele alla linea e del tutto fuori dal tempo. Ed è quanto la formazione di Corey Glover alla voce e cori, Vernon Reid alla chitarra elettrica e acustica, Doug Wimbish al basso e Will Calhoun alla batteria e percussioni regala a uno stuolo di fan che probabilmente non si aspettava una simile uscita a distanza di ben otto anni dall'ultima esperienza in studio (era il 2009, l'album The Chair in the Doorway).

Eppure in Shades troviamo i migliori Living Colour in 13 canzoni che non cedono un millimetro al tempo che passa e che rispondono ai tempi moderni con la stessa virulenza degli anni Novanta, linguaggio da deejay con inserti di scratch simulati dalla fantasmagorica chitarra di Reid, fra echi lontani di blues ("Preachin' Blues" e il padre spirituale Robert Johnson), soul ("Inner City Blues —Make Me Wanna Holler" dell'altro padre, Marvin Gaye), e hip-hop.

Shade procede fra batterie e bassi muscolari, riff marmorei nella migliore tradizione della band, senza sostanzialmente nulla aggiungere o togliere alla trama del libro scritto fin qui, ma testimoniando l'ottima salute del gruppo formatosi nel 1984 a New York.

Track Listing: Freedom of Expression (F.O.X.); Preachin' Blues; Come On; Program; Who Shot Ya; Always Wrong; Blak Out; Pattern in Time; Who's That; Glass Teeth; Invisible; Inner City Blues; Two Sides.

Personnel: Vernon Reid: guitars; Doug Wimbish: bass, Will Calhoun: drums.

Title: Shade | Year Released: 2018 | Record Label: Megaforce Records

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