From Toronto, Canada, comes the guitar virtuoso Grant Lyle. With his new album titled “Nu”, Grant is set to make waves in the Blues, Rock, and Soul music genres. With a smoky, emotion-filled voice, and a true song-writing strength, Grant Lyle opens up honestly to his growing audience.
The song titled “Rally Cry” brings back fond memories of the great Jimi Hendrix, combined with some Bruce Springsteen. Showcasing the smooth and technically masterful style of Grant Lyle, “Rally Cry” is both single-worthy and inspirational. The track itself is a true testament to the power of a song with a mission statement, and on high end stereo headphones, the silky smooth layers of sound that make up this beautiful track shine bright.
“Take It Back” slows the pace down a bit, and chooses to serenade us with a true Blues meets Soul approach. As we can expect, the vocals are beautiful and very much in the vein of the current chart searing Tomás Doncker of True Groove Records. The guitars are perfectly paired with a groovy bassline and not too overstated drumming. For many, this song will not doubt become a personal favorite.
Lifting up the album from its slower paced songs is the aptly named track titled “Power Trip”. This song adds the album's needed pep in its step. Playing out very much like an anthem, this single-worthy track is in a word, fun. The drumming is the star player here, and they never let up their steady and fast pace once. Grant Lyle’s vocals truly shine alongside this sort of high energy, and if there was a track that makes you want to see them live, this is that track.
What Grant Lyle has given us with “Nu” is not truly ground breaking, so much as it is genre defining. There are no surprises here, and from the opening sexy song to the closing sultry one, this album doesn’t forget who and what it is at any point, which is a great thing if you are in a particular musical mood. Given the musical ability that Grant Lyle clearly possesses, I do hope to hear him turn up the volume past ten next time around, because he is more than capable of creating songs truly forceful; that being said though, this time around, Grant Lyle has done a great job creating something worth sinking our teeth into.