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Monday, May 24, 2010

Laith Al-Saadi - In The Round

Laith Al-Saadi - In The Round
2009, Laith Al-Saadi

Laith Al-Saadi has been a key member of the Detroit music scene for fifteen years now, earning opening spots for artists such as Robben Ford, Johnny Winter, BB King, The Yardbirds, Kenny Wayne Sheppard and Leon Russell. Al-Saadi was recently named one of the four best guitarists in the US by the Guitar Center. The attention is warranted. Al-Saadi's latest album, In The Round, blends Blues and Pop/Rock in glorious fashion, mix with Al-Saadi's amazing voice for one of the more gratifying blues albums of the past year.

In The Round opens with "Chains", a dynamic electric blues track that is crisp, clean and full of spirit. Al-Saadi's voice is smooth with tremendous depth and a soulful aspect. The guitar work here is exquisite. "No One Left To Blame" is a heart-on-your-sleeve rocker. Al-Saadi's voice bends and flexes like the arm of a bodybuilder, belting out one passage and then giving a lyric read to the next. "Morning Light" is classic R&B; soulful and highly musical. This pure love song is greatly enhanced by Al-Saadi's beautiful voice.

"My Hands Are Tied" is flat-out a great rock n roll tune; danceable and soulful. This is the song on In The Round most likely to be come a fan favorite at shows. On "Free", Al-Saadi goes for solid pop/rock and displays another facet of his musical personality. This is gentle, delightful pop that will be as notable for its musicality as for its surprise factor. Al-Saadi channels Stevie Ray Vaughan on "Before Too Long", a brilliant blues rocker with the Texas flatlands stamped all over its DNA. In The Round closes with "Big Mama" an instrumental blend of country, blues and rock n roll that will make you want to dance.

Hold on to your hats, folks, because Laith Al-Saadi might be one of the best new songwriters dabbling in the roots-filled valley that exists between blues, rock and country these days. In The Round is a delightful listen, with strong song-writing throughout, solid to plus arrangements and a voice you could listen to all day long. In The Round is a keeper.

Rating: 4 Stars (Out of 5)

Learn more about Laith Al-Saadi at or In The Round is available as either a CD or Download from

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