Album Review: Sam Lewis – Loversity

Loversity is the eagerly anticipated follow-up from Sam Lewis’ last album Waiting On You which was released back in 2015. Although we are only just on the cusp of being within 2019, it has still been a long and agonising wait for his fans. After these few years, was it worth it in the end? A very emphatic yes.

Lewis is a master at his art bringing together a smooth and melodic fusion that blues the lines between country, blues and jazz. Despite a wealth of talents and a stunningly harmonious collection of sounds Loversity actually feels like Lewis is holding back something for his next great work. Each song leads into the next one flawlessly and with another amazing talent unveiled. There is always an almost simplistic element to his work but this is simply a man who has mastered the art of making a perfect song. Nothing is out of place, nothing is overly complicated and yet there is an enriching element to it that seems to fuel itself with the same raw energy you might find crackling through powerlines.

Lewis surrounds himself with a variety of sounds; dextrous slide and electric guitars with gospel organs, generous beats and a wealth of lively brass instrumentals. With his merge between jazz and blues songs such as the title track Loversity are prominent as they crash together Lewis’ funky melodies with rich organs and lively gospel choir backing singers. The resulting collection of tracks is an astounding combination of aged and contemporary, a timeless creation that is playful, jovial, resonant and also just a tad melancholic. When you first hear Lewis’ tender and smoky vocals chiming out above his music it is striking how perfectly crafted his work truly is as each and every song compliments his mellow, golden tones and vice versa. It reaches a point where it becomes almost obsolete to even attempt to disentangle the two.

Loversity is an album with as much care and attention put into it as fine wine. It’s a heady fusion of genres that creates a stunning niche for Lewis to sit in as he brings his unique and touching world to life.

SAM LEWIS · JANUARY-MARCH 2019 · UK TOUR

JANUARY             

Tues 29      London                                              AmericanaFest UK showcase

Wed 30      London                                              AmericanaFest UK showcase

FEBRUARY           

Fri 1           Ashford                                             Revelation Ashford, St. Mary’s Church

Sun 3        KingskerswellDevon                          Kingskerswell Parish Church

Tue 5         Swansea                                            Sin City

Wed 6        BangorNorth Wales                               Blue Sky Café

Thu 7        Shrewsbury                                       Henry Tudor House

Fri 8           Sunderland                                        Independent

Sun 10       Barry                                                 Hang Fire Southern Kitchen

Wed 13      Norwich                                             The Waterfront Studio

Thu 14       Melbournenr. Derby                            Melbourne Assembly Rooms

Fri 15        Colston BassettNotts.                         Colston Bassett Village Hall

Sat 16        Barton-under-NeedwoodStaffs.          Barton-under-Needwood Village Hall

Sun 17       Crowland, Lincs.                                   Crowland Abbey

Wed 20      Grayshott                                           Applegarth Farm

Thu 21       CrickladeWilts.                                   The Old Stables

Fri 22         Glastonbury                                       Hawthorns

Sat 23        Leeds                                                 Seven Arts

Sun 24       Sheffield                                            The Hubs, Sheffield Hallam University

MARCH            

Fri 1          Newcastle                                          Studio in Live Theatre

Sat 2         Glasgow                                             Glad Cafe

Wed 6        London                                              Green Note

Further dates to be announced shortly

 

More info at: 

www.samlewistunes.com 

www.facebook.com/samlewistunes

www.twitter.com/@samlewistunes

 

Review by Joe Knipe

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