Friday, March 1, 2013

I Love Hate You reviewed by Diane Mandell

I Love Hate You
Claude Hay
2012 on 128 Records
12 tracks/41:19

All tracks written by Claude Hay except for Lennon & McCartney's "Come Together"
All vocals and instruments by Claude Hay except bass and drums on "Turn it Up", drums on "Good Times" and cello on "Close".

Claude Hay's third studio album is refreshingly different rocking blues.  Hailing from New South Wales, Australia, he uses "looping pedals" (see his demo on You Tube) to layer his slide guitar, bass, sitar and electronic drums and create his band sound.

In addition to his instrumental and looping prowess, he is a DIY artist, having built his double-necked guitar "Betty" from a kitchen counter and cigar box guitar "Stella" from a baking sheet.  In addition, he's built his dome home replete with recording studio and customized his tour van.

Claude's lyrics are about real life things he loves and hates.  The title track, "I Love Hate You" is about the mixed emotions he feels.  "Good Times" and "Blues Train" are about some fav blues venues.  "Stone Face" describes his frustration with retail clerks who care nothing of customer service or the products they sell but "just want your money now".

Combine ample guitar riffs, meaningful lyrics and skillful looping for a sound that will keep you interested and catching something new with each listen.

Reviewed by Diane Mandell

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