It’s been 8 years, but New York City rock legends Living Colour are back with a new album. Their sixth release Shade came out on September 8, 2017 via Megaforce Records and it was well worth the wait. Vernon Reid still got it with incredibly electrifying guitar riffs while Corey Glover consistently shows why he has one of the most powerful voices in music today. Will Calhoun on drums and Doug Wimbish on bass prove vital in each track through possessing pristine rhythmic structure. This quartet shows after more than 30 years, they can still bring it with the best and that won’t be changing anytime soon.
Reid explores through the blues and puts his own spin on the style within the album. There’s also a heavy political vibe with Glover lyrically analyzing racism, prejudice and ignorance within today’s society. It’s a reflection of the times and Living Colour confronts it head on. Shade took five years to perfect as Andre Betts meticulously handled the production. Sometimes it takes a while to get something to reach its full potential and this album is a fantastic example.
“Come On”: is soulful and energetic with the chorus grabbing hold of the senses and taking them along for a wild ride. Wimbish starts off “Blak Out” with a funky bass line that sets the tone throughout the entire track. Reid’s guitar skills are exemplified as he gets crushingly loud to compliment Glover’s screams. There’s also a cover of The Notorious B.I.G.’s “Who Shot Ya” that takes on the issue of police brutality. It’s an unapologetic look at a crippling and frustrating part of our daily lives that still doesn’t get discussed enough.
Grab a copy of Shade and give it a listen. It’s a rad record that your ears will be addicted to.