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No Love Lost – Bliss


5.0 (1 review)

Scott Board (vocals)
Jason Staton (guitar, vocals)
Marc Brown (guitar, vocals)
Matt Crow (bass, vocals)
Jason Collins (drums)

Produced by: Ty Sims, Erik Johnson
Engineered by: John Pfiffner
Mixed by: Ty Sims
Mastered by: Ty Sims

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No Love Lost is back with their sophomore release. One that doesn’t just prove the argument that a band can outshine a strong debut, but sets the bar and achieves a level up.  This is more than an album. This is a call back to a beloved genre and sound.  Showing that in the year 2020 a band can make an arena rock record with all the trimmings just like how you remembered it. Adding the bonus of today’s technology and production.  Produced by Ty Sims and Erik “Desmond Childish” Johnson, No Love Lost creates the perfect love letter  for this genre of music.   Hard hitting when it needs to be.  Heartfelt when it wants to be, and just damn FUN because it should be.

Scott Board is without a doubt a premier vocalist and should be mentioned in the same breath with some legends.  As he is a rare breed that has a level of talent that rivals some of the best in the business. Combine his signature distinctive vocal with the dual guitar team of Jason Staton and Marc Brown, the result is an astonishing winning combination of Rock N Roll as one would hope for, but sadly rarely seen these days.

Of course, you need a foundation and you need to keep the beat. None better than the rhythm section of fellow North Carolina Natives, than Matt Crow (Bass) and Jason Collins (Drums) Will leave no question to how formidable they are at their craft. When you hear the big floor tom hits on Heartstrings.  To the nice smooth bottom to No Secret.   You will have no questions about their prowess as a rhythm section.

Lastly, and certainly far from least.  No Love Lost welcome a legend himself, Paul Shortino. As he duets with the band on the rock n roll classic, Good Times.  If there was a song that was synonymous with Fun, it is this one, and the guys do not disappoint!!

All of this is pulled together by the masterful production leadership of Ty Sims and Erik Johnson.   Culminating into one simple word that describes this album, and that is the aptly title itself.    “B  L  I  S  S”

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1 review for No Love Lost – Bliss

  1. j.a.caldwell

    2020 Kivel Records

    I’ve been waiting on this release since given a few sneak peeks at what was to come and it has not disappointed. I wanted to live with this CD a bit before writing a review and it’s been a great experience. This is in my opinion the best MHR guitar tandem since Keel’s Marc Ferrari & Bryan Jay. AMAZING guitar rhythm and solos throughout. Top that with a world class vocalist and I have been itching to listen to this since first hearing the pre-release singles. So lets dig into this one …

    1st Impressions.
    Judging a book by it’s cover is never a good idea, but in this case … it is! Beautifully housed in a jewel case (I’m not a fan of digipacks) with a colorful 10 page booklet complete with lyrics. So many record labels have interchangeable covers, almost like it was designed years before and a band logo was just slapped on it. But this one just fits perfectly. It’s a lost art these days, but I find it integral for any release. Imagine Queen’s “News Of The World” without that iconic cover.

    The Music
    This is full on arena rock at it’s finest. Opening song “Keeping Up With The Jones” is an instant classic. Powerful vocals on this one, but the driving rhythm and impeccable guitar work grabs you from the beginning. A perfect way to open the album. Second song “Believe In Love” is a mid-tempo anthem that sets the stage for Scott Board’s strong vocals. At the moment, it’s my favorite track on the album (personal favorites change each time I listen). Track three, “Love Song”, starts with a catchy harmony and again the guitar and vocals is outstanding. Radio ready “Heart Strings” should be a massive hit if radio was still a thing. I find myself hitting the repeat button on this song already. “Under Construction” is Boards’ ‘tour de force’ performance with soaring vocals on top of a great percussive performance and it blows you away. It’s a ballad, but far from being sappy. “The World Is Wide” … hard not to play air guitar to this one! “No Secret” is in my Top 3 favorites off this release. “Good Times” is a different style and pace from the rest of the album but is a fun duet with legendary vocalist Paul Shortino and features a great piano performance that steals the show (no easy feat considering the 2 amazing vocalists). The album closes with the rhythm intense “Face The Fire”. Leaves you wanting more.

    This CD is a pleasure to listen to. Perfectly produced and mixed by Ty Sims. There is no denying that Kivel Records has hit a home run with this release. I’m not much for catch phrases but “all killer and no filler” would be a perfect description. There is not a bad or substandard song on this release! It’s hard for me to pick which blows me away more … the guitar work of Jason Staton and Marc Brown or the vocals of Scott Board. He has a very unique voice, but as comparisons are necessary when doing reviews, one would not be out of place to suggest Johnny Gioeli with a flair of Ted Poley. Rounding out the band is bassist Matt Crow and drummer extraordinaire Jason Collins. A very tight rhythm section.

    Rating : 96/100.

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