Reviews

Bluebird Reviews, International Blues Music Blog, Album Review, April 2017

This Is The Life I Choose is a breath of fresh air in an often suffocating and repetitive music business and it is, once again, an artistic statement on the high level of quality and originality that the British music is living right now.

Too often, in nowadays music world, artists feel like they have to adhere to certain standards, because they know or they think to know what fans are expecting from them, musically speaking. That philosophy generates frequently very monotone albums, with the same musical structure running...

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Blues Matters, 'This Is The Life I Choose' Album Review, Issue 95, April/May 2017

11 brilliant original songs and two exceptional bonus tracks, further propels the uniquely talented Schwarz towards the pinnacle of her musical career.

Never has a title been more apt than This Is The Life I Choose for what is Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion’s fourth studio album since 2012. On top of two other live recordings and a relentless touring schedule, this amounts to an unprecedented dedication to playing the blues. However, it is...

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American Music Blog - MAKING A SCENE, 'This Is The Life I Choose' album review, March 2017

Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion is a British band with a powerhouse vocalist, electrifying guitarist, amazing Hammond organist, and rock-steady drummer. Get the album. You will be impressed.

Another glowing review from Making A Scene writer Rhetta Akamatsu:

Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion is a British band with a powerhouse vocalist, electrifying guitarist, amazing Hammond oiganist,, and rock-steady drummer. Their new album, "This Is The Life I Choose," proves them to be...

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International Music News at MUSIC-NEWS.COM, 'This Is The Life I Choose' album review, March 2017

A truly superb band and this album shows off all their strengths – I really can’t spot any weaknesses to be honest.

Something about this band that really hits a spot. Guitar, Hammond and drums plus soulful and jazzy vocals and a bunch of well written and punchy songs. What is not to like?

This is their 4th studio album and you can hear the chemistry of the band in every passage, playing to each...

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'Get Ready To Rock' magazine, **** Pretty damn fine! 'This Is The Life I Choose' Album Reivew.

From the way she attacks the opening note of ‘Hold On’, to a sultry Nina Simone style finish on ‘Feeling Good’, Zoe Schwarz dominates a diverse album rooted in the blues but not bound by it.

Indeed, ‘This Is The Life I Choose’ is brimming with a sense of adventure and sundry possibilities that gives vocalist Zoe Schwarz the kind of breadth she needs to bring her interpretive abilities to bear on some wide ranging material.

And in an age when the blues genre is swamped...

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Wasser-Prawda 'Musik und Meer - Kulturmagazin', 'This Is The Life I Choose' Album Review March 2017

Es gibt Alben, die einen schon beim ersten Hören verblüfft innehalten lassen. Mit "This Is The Life I Choose" haben Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion eine Scheibe veröffentlicht, die sich von Song zu Song immer mehr entfaltet und eine Bandbreite zwischen Blues, Jazz, Soul und Rock vor dem Hörer...

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Music That Needs Your Attention Blog, 'This Is The Life I Choose' album review, Netherlands

For me it is already clear, this CD is up high at the end of the year.

Deze zeer ervaren Britse band verwerkt zowel blues, jazz en rock in hun muziek. De klassiek getrainde zangeres Zoë Schwarz werkte in het verleden met iemand als jazzpianist Keith Tippett (King Crimson). Gitarist Rob Koral trad bijvoorbeeld op met een andere, voormalige King Crimsoncoryfee,...

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