Reviews

Blues Bytes USA, 'What's New' Feb 2018,'The Blues And I Should Have A Party' Album Review

Rarely does an album title communicate what is actually on the disc but Zoë Schwarz Blue Commotion achieves this on The Blues And I Should Have A Party, a shindig from start to finish and the ultimate blues celebration by four brilliant musicians at the t

“Please Don’t Cheat On Me” is a dynamic, catchy opener reflecting the party spirit, although Zoë’s edgy tone suggests more of a threat than a request, the searing guitar and organ solos providing this affirmation. The next indication that this is going to be a very special album comes...

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PlungerMusic Blog, 'The Blues And I Should Have A Party' Album review, 8 Feb 2018

ZSBC shine with a lot of polish and a bit of spit …

... Zoë Schwarz Blue Commotion’s The Blues And I Should Have A Party (their fifth studio outing in six years) has plenty of the band’s instantly recognisable polished sound, from the barrelling playful opener Please Don’t Cheat On Me and the bustling My Handsome Man, to the melodramatic...

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'Get Ready To Rock' magazine, **** Pretty damn fine! 'The Blues And I Should Have A Party' Album Review, 30 Jan 2018

"Their originality and adventurous spirit gives them every right to be regarded as being in the vanguard of contemporary blues"

‘The Blues And I Should Have A Party’ is as much a thematic statement of the band’s musical intent – let alone history – as it is a specific title track about a troubled relationship.

Thus: “The blues & I’ve been friends for so long, We might as well start a...

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Bottleneck Blues Club, Rochester, Live Review, Blues In Britain Magazine, Nov 2017

Adult music that makes people go home happy

Bottleneck Blues Club, Rochester, Kent

Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion came to the Bottleneck on a nice warm September evening to sing some of her own songs and some covers and made it even warmer: can that lady sing!

from the minute that she and her fine band got on the stage they gave a hundred percent and then some, whether...

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FabricationsHQ UK, Album Review, August 2017

“A first-class outfit with a fresh approach – with another vibrant, thoughtful and captivating album”

Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion aren’t just one of the most stylistically original bands currently on the British blues scene, they are one of the most prolific.

With the release of latest album This is the Life I Choose the band have delivered not just four diversified yet musically...

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Sound Guardian, Croatia, Album review July 2017

"An inspired team... distinctive piece of work... original musical expression"

Google translation:   The story of this band begins, in fact, in February 2012, and since then, until the release of this album "This Is The Life I Choose", the band publishes three albums and this last, fourth studio. Without any doubt, it is very important to move better in all segments...

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Blues Blast Magazine, USA, Issue 11-26, June 29, 2017, Album Review

“a serious blues band with unique songs, tight instrumentation, and a powerful woman up front…. edgy vocals, hard rocking accompaniment including scorching guitar solos.”

Zoë Schwarz Blue Commotion has certainly been keeping busy, and earlier this year they released their fifth album in the last four years: This is the life I choose, a keen follow-up to their fantastic live release, I’ll Be Your Tonight. If you had the chance to listen to that CD you already...

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Goldmine Magazine, USA, 2017

ball-busting bad-ass bitch of a lead singer... you just want to follow her around the world!... rampaging blues-rock-soul origin

If it weren’t for ‘60s Brits like Brian Jones, John Mayall, Peter Green, Eric Clapton and Alvin Lee, it definitely would’ve taken my teenaged Jersey soul much longer to discover American blues. So here I sit at 66 hearing how the Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion takes that history and...

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