5 August 2016
| August 5, 2016 (2016-08-05)|
Blues rock, Psychedelic soul
Blues Pills Live, Innocence & Decadence, The Tel‑Star Sessions, The Shadow Self, The Original Fleetwoo
Lady in Gold is the second studio album by Swedish rock band Blues Pills. It was released on August 5, 2016 by Nuclear Blast Records. Lady in Gold consists of ten tracks including a cover of Tony Joe White's "Elements and Things" from the 1969 album ...Continued.
In late 2015, the band started writing and preparing for their second album- their first with new drummer André Kvarnström. In November 2015, Elin Larsson posted a photo to the band Facebook page of her recording the vocals for the second album. The band then went on a 2-month Europe tour between February to April 2016 before finalising the work for the second album.
On 22 April 2016, Blues Pills announced the title of the album and the ten track set-list via their Facebook page. Vocalist and co-songwriter Elin Larsson commented: "Lady gold is a character who symbolizes death. We wanted a twist on the typical stereotype of death being the grim reaper. So instead we made her a lady in gold." The band were happy to reveal that Don Alsterberg (Graveyard, Division of Laura Lee and Jerry Williams) once again took the production role of the album.
Bassist, founding member and main songwriter Zach Anderson commented on the artwork of the album: "The design comes from the dutch artist Marijke Koger-Dunham who already worked with us for the first album cover. We are super proud to have the opportunity to work again with such a legendary artist who has even worked with The Beatles, Cream and many more. The original design was made by her 50 years ago. We worked together to adapt the colors to fit the mood of the album. Hopefully our fans will like it as much as we do."
All songs written and composed by Elin Larsson, Dorian Sorriaux, Zach Anderson and André Kvarnström (except where noted). All lyrics by Zach Anderson and Elin Larrson except track 4/I Felt a Change" by Elin Larrson.Blues Pills
Elin Larsson – vocals
Dorian Sorriaux – electric and acoustic guitars
Zach Anderson – bass guitar
André Kvarnström – drums, percussion
Tobias Winterkorn – Mellotron
Rickard Nygren – organ
Per Larsson – piano
Carl Lindvall, Elin Larsson, Ellinor Svensson, Sofie Lee Johansson – choir (Voodoo Chor)
Francis Rencoret – vocal arrangements (on tracks 1, 5 and 10)
Don Alsterberg – xylophone
Don Alsterberg – production, recording, mixing
Marijke Koger-Dunham – cover design
Hans Olsson Brookes – mastering
Kiryk Drewinski – logo design, layout, typography
John McMurtrie – photography
The album received generelly favorable reviews.
AllMusic writer, Thom Jurek states in conclusion, "(the album) [...] goes way past the band's self-titled debut" and it "delivers on the promise of that first album and then some". Jurek calls the songwriting "more sophisticated, diverse, and confident".
1Lady in Gold4:32Lady in Gold (album) Wikipedia
2Little Boy Preacher3:36