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Hooyoosay Releases New Blues, Pop And Rock Album, Oozing The Spirit And Sound Of A Past Era


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Hooyoosay is the name given to a project of writing, playing, recording and releasing music.

All the people involved in the project are to remain anonymous, an astonishing unique concept to say the least.

Their latest release is the full album“At The End Of The Day”, breathing the spirit and the sound of pop, rock and blues of the past decades.

The overall mood tends to lean towards the darker side, which in a way is not surprising, the blues being a crucial influence.

The album contains fourteen tracks, eight of which are original compositions, the remaining six being Rolling Stones cover versions.

Hooyoosay have crafted these cover songs into a kind of their own.

“It's Not Easy” is the opening track, a 1966 Stones original, which has been turned into soulful 80's rock with a twist of some B52's resemblance. The female singer brilliantly shines.

“Please Go Home” has been masterfully transformed from sixties rock into a subtle, acoustic and folky ballad, the vocal performance convincingly shaping that feeling of annoyance reflected in the song's title.

“One More Try” for sure boogies, and Chuck Berry's“Come On” has become a creative fun piece full of personality.

Delicious electric blues with“Good Times Bad Times”, the piano doing the part that was acoustic guitar in the original version.

Of the cover songs, the rendition of“Let's Spend The Night Together” remains the most recognizable, yet conveying the essence of the song in a more delicate and tempting manner.

The collection of self-written material is an interesting representation of the feelings and thoughts, and of the creativity and musicianship that embody the hooyoosay collaborative.

“Tormented Soul” is wondering whether anything worthwhile is still left in life. The song appears twice on the album, the bluesy electric rock version expressing the idea in a rather frustrated way, the singer-songwriter acoustic version in a more saddened way.

Traditional electric blues and superb harmonica playing is what we get with“I Am The Beggar”, the cleverly written lines illustrating how desperately one can be looking for love.

The happy dance vibe in the funky retro rock song“If No One” might at first conceal its highly philosophical lyrical content, pointing at several problems of the world and society, however with a touch of hope and positivism.

Halfway through the album,“Olla Doo” launches a fantastic jam-style instrumental, showing off excellent musicianship and skillful interactions between piano, harmonica and electric guitar.

In“All I Do Is Call Your Name” the euphoria of a new-found love evolves into suspicion and fear of losing that love. The passionate cry of despair in“Painkiller, Kill The Pain” indeed leads to the conclusion that the pain will not cease, presumably a mental or emotional one, but approached as if it were a physical pain. Both titles are energetic, 80's-90's reminiscent pop-rock songs, having solid and grooving rhythms, great melodies and harmonies, impeccable vocals and enticing arrangements.

“Then You Walked Away” closes the album, evoking the title's sentiment without the need of any lyrics, in a solely instrumental manner, merely making use of acoustic drums and percussion and an electronic bass.

Though hooyoosay borrow a lot from the tried and tested,“At The End Of The Day” does feel like a very inspired album, full of character. The versatility in the song-writing, the creativity in the arrangements, and the abundant enthusiasm in the playing are serious encouragements to go on listening till the end.

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