New Music - Leopold & His Fiction

When listening to the blues and folk based rock of Detroit’s Leopold & His Fiction, an association to both The White Stripes and The Black Keys as reference points is fairly inevitable, and, seemingly, already rote. But I find that Ain’t No Surprise, their sophomore effort, never falls into tedium like every Stripes record save White Blood Cells and Get Behind Me Satan, and displays a startling sonic diversity that The Keys only stumble onto occasionally (as on this year’s Danger Mouse helmed Attack & Release). In short, lead singer/songwriter Daniel James has crafted an album that’s enjoyable from start to finish - it’s a gritty, gruff, hard-edged document from an exciting young band. You might even find trace elements of “Tombstone Blues”, Devendra Banhart, and Beggars Banquet-era Stones. All good things…

MP3 :: Come Back (Now That I’m Here)
(from Ain’t No Surprise. Info here)

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