Reviews

RnR UK magazine, Album Review 'The Blues And I Should Have A Party', & Cover-mount CD track 'Way Down In The Caves' Mar/Apr 2018

"... this is gorgeous music that grips and caresses in equal measure."

Cover Mount Track, editors note: "Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion have appeared on 'UN-Herd' in the past too, and since have continued to build on their live and studio reputation with quality, classic blues-flavoured rock, in the manner of the autobiographical 'Way Down In The Caves' from their...

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Bluesdoodles Ezine (UK Blues Federation) 9/10 Album Review, March 2018

"everything a blues lover could wish for. Zoe’s vocals are always striking, but the real revelation is the breathtaking playing by the band. Every song has clear demonstrations of skills so subtle and yet so damned effective"

Zoë Schwarz has been a big name on the blues scene for a few years now, with her live performances particularly lauded by fans and the press. Now with her band, Blue Commotion comes an album that should lift all of them to the heights they deserve. The band got together in...

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Blues in Britain Magazine, Review, Issue 195, March 2018

"ZSBC’s distinctive sound... Zoë’s always-impressive vocal .... The production is top notch.... very polished release from a band really hitting their stride.

There’s plenty of ZSBC’s distinctive sound on this their fifth studio album, from the barrelling playful ‘Please Don’t Cheat On Me’ and the bustling ‘My Handsome Man’, to the melodramatic Animals-meet-Shirley Bassey blues of the title track, the smoky vibe of ‘Don’t Worry...

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Blues in Britain Magazine, Interview, Issue 195, March 2018

Zoë Schwarz Blue Commotion mark their sixth anniversary with their seventh album The Blues And I Should Have A Party. Zoë and husband Rob Koral spoke to us about challenges, changes and children.

For the new album the band chose to record at Superfly studios in Nottinghamshire,

[Rob] “I’ve heard several of Wayne Proctor’s productions and it’s always a very slick sound: it was a case of wanting to get a different slant, on the mixing particularly. We produced ourselves,...

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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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Album Review 'This Is The Life I Choose': AAJ USA C Michael Bailey - Aug 2017

"a progressive and provocative 21st Century blues band"

Zoe Schwarz and her band, the Blue Commotion, have been making a name for themselves in their native England for the better part of this decade. With five albums to their credit, the band and singer have firmly established themselves as a progressive and provocative 21st Century blues band....

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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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