Gigi Love has a voice that is a mix of great american rock, jazz, and R&B, and she puts it into high gear on “Sweet Relief”. She has a bright “easy on the ears” kind of sound, with a band of very good players that fit her to a tee with soulful organ, piano, steel string guitar, 2 saxophones, and electric bass. The title track “Sweet Relief” has a rock hymn sound like ”Let it Be”, where the piano and sax solos are relaxed and laid back. The lyrics allow for the interpretation of the song to be about either a spiritual or love experience.
“Coyote Bones” is an interesting song about self introspection. There is a very nice tenor sax solo, and the lyrics provide interesting visions of the desert, and a respect of the people of that land. “Mercy” was an instant favorite of mine because the opening guitar chords in the introduction were reminiscent of the great Neil Young (“On A Horse With No Name”). The tempo is laid back, and the guitar answers Gigi, along with harmony from the saxes. Then, there’s a nice, but surprising tempo change with the guitar solo. Great song. What sounds like a mandolin is a nice change on the track “Planets Align”.
“Quench Your Thirst” is another song that makes “Sweet Relief” so distinctive, as she belts out a song about loneliness with a 3 quarter waltz meter.
“Sweet Relief” is a fine CD, Gigi Love is a gifted artist, and the band on this well produced recording is a winner.