The Kris Barras Band are set to release a new album called "The Devine And Dirty", it’s due out on 23rd March and will be released through the Provogue/Mascot Label Group. Following the release of 2016’s self-released full-length debut "Lucky 13" Kris Barras says, “I was concerned that maybe I wasn’t going to be able to do any better than that. I forced myself to try different approaches, do things I’ve never done before. I think it paid off.”
And I agree, I think The Kris Barras Band are maturing, which is reflected on the songwriting, but they are still able to turn it loose and rock hard. It’s an effective balance and "The Devine And Dirty" is a diverse and impactful album and I think that they clearly surpass their previous efforts and delivers a sound that is bluesy, intense and beautiful. "The Devine And Dirty" is a really solid blusrock album where the collected effort of assembling an album is as good as any individual track. The album has a lots of great hooks, amazing guitar riffs and texture.
Take the ballad “Hold On For Tomorrow” as an example. It is as straightforward as it can be and you will be more than familiar with the structure it follows, but still you will sing along to its chorus and it will make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. This ballad leaves a lasting mark on the listener and showcases a more mature sound for the band. Other songs worth checking out is the gospel sounding rock’n’roll track "Hail Mary", the soft but still groovy "Propane", including an amazing guitar solo, the Stones/Zeppelin inspired and funky "She’s More Than Enough" and the beautiful "Watching Over Me".
Not a single song on "The Devine And Dirty" is a let down cause there is something special and worth listening to on every single track and The Kris Barras Band have managed to cultivate a collection of blues songs that fit together, that roll from one to the next and hit all the right beats with a modern sound and with stunning and impressive guitar solos. With songs this good, the evolution of The Kris Barras Band continues to impress and has me excited for what comes next.