James Hall

Pleasure Club

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On his major label debut, former Mary My Hope frontman James Hall proves himself a musical chameleon influenced by legends like Jim Morrison and David Bowie. Over the course of Pleasure Club's 13 tracks, the singer moves from howling blues demon (the title track) to Led Zeppelin-esque wails, from soulful Jeff Buckley-like crooning to Mick Jagger's patented brand of sultry, multi-tracked drawl. But his greatest skill lies in his ability to pay tribute to the almighty gods of classic rock while simultaneously reinventing the sound with a '90s twist. Much less obviously derivative than the Black Crowes or Lenny Kravitz, Hall's distinctive sound may remind you of the greats, but by album's end he's carved out his own niche. Brilliant, powerful stuff.

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