Sari Schorr

Never Say Never

(Manhaton Records)

One of the first things that strikes the listener when playing this new album is the quality of and deft playing of the band members – keys ace Bob Fridzema, guitarist Ash Wilson, bass man Mat Beable and drummer Roy Martin. Producer this time as well as contributing songwriter Henning Gehrke; engineer Dave Williams. A couple of numbers involve other players as the band. Some of the song lyrics are pretty personal, giving a yearning feel that comes to the fore when needed. A voice like Sari’s needs a sharp backdrop to get the best dynamic running in each number.

King Of Rock’n’Roll has an eerie start, with waspish guitar and rippling piano over deep bass notes and edgy drumming, the vocal strident and the song very Whitesnake in pace and arrangement. Thank You features throaty wah guitar and a Southern Soul-style slice of singing. It’s catchy and as the guitar hits a tremelo setting the Hammond purrs in the mix. The Bad Company gem Ready For Love gets the Schorr treatment next. Sounds somewhat slower than the original and shows off Bob’s skills well. Schorr goes easy to start then builds up the wattage. Valentina is a hard stomping, very Paul Rodgers on the phrasing. On to The New Revolution based on a ZZ Top lope, the kind of tune Beable just owns, maybe one of the best vocals here. A longer song Beautiful calls for Leslie’d axe chording and a tinge of Robben Ford on the leads. Easily my favourite here for its tuneful singing performance and ensemble empathy.

Turn The Radio On rides in on stately piano and is a more tender composition, putting me in mind of Rita Coolidge. Maybe I’m Fooling rocks out with double stops and pounding drums on a choppy tempo. Back To LA sounds like a nod to Eagles territory..a shot at US radio? Freedom is a terse song about a shooting and the rock in the pool that such events create, The band are suitably spiky on this. Last cut Never Say Never comes from the late Mac of The Faces, penned after his wife passed. Lovely electric piano and Schorr grasping the nub of the song. A good follow up record and suitable material for pending shows.

Pete Sargeant


Sari Schorr’s new studio album ‘Never Say Never’ is released on Friday 5th October 2018 on Manhaton Records.

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The September 2018 UK Tour will stop at the following venues:

Friday 21st September 2018 – Muni Arts Centre, Pontypridd, Wales, United Kingdom

Saturday 22nd September 2018 – The Flowerpot, Derby, United Kingdom

Thursday 27th September 2018 – The Bullingdon, Oxford, United Kingdom

Friday 28th September 2018 – Blue Funk Rhythm & Blues Club, Poynton, United Kingdom

Saturday 29th September 2018 – Wilfrid Noyce Community Centre, Godalming, United Kingdom