Soulive : Rubber Soulive

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Rubber Soulive finds the band Soulive returning to its roots as a trio. Recorded at drummer Alan Evans’ Playonbrother Studios in upstate New York, Soulive goes out on a limb tackling The Beatles on Rubber Soulive. Though opening track, "Drive My Car," misses the mark, things get much better from there.

Performing The Beatles sans vocals is no doubt a challenging task, yet Soulive adds its signature touch to each of the classic tracks. Neal Evans’ majestic organ breathes new verve to "In My Life," while Eric Krasno passionately plays the melody of George Harrison’s "Something" in a way few others could have ever imagined.

Alan’s highlight is heard in "Eleanor Rigby," where his unrelenting drums drive the tunes while Neal covers an entire string section on his keyboard. The album closes out with a three-dimensional "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" that succinctly captures the definitive Soulive sound – soaring Hammondorgan combined wah-drenched guitar and a relentlessly swinging backbeat.

The tracks on Rubber Soulive are a far cry from the Beatles’ originals, but the album is a fine effort nonetheless.

Rubber Soulive is out now on Royal Family Records.

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