01. Glory, Glory, Hallelujah
02. In Her Mother's House
03. Green Eyed Lover
04. Gemini Heart
05. Never Met A Man Like You
06. Why You So Afraid
08. The Lily
09. I Choose You
10. They Lie
11. Hey, Hey, My, My
Canadian blues singer Layla Zoe offers a highly personal take on the blues.
She’s a confident singer with an expansive range, who finds the perfect foil in the shape of German blues guitarist and multi instrumentalist Henrik Freischlader. There’s a subtle balance between her expansive phrasing and Henrik’s variety of tones
, which shift from the jangling guitars of ‘In Her Mother’s House’, to the cool blues of the excellent ‘Gemini Heart’ and the bruising toned shuffle of ‘Never Met A Man Like You’. It’s on the latter track that they both coalesce thrillingly, as Layla’s visceral vocal is given the perfect backing by Freischlader’s taut accompaniment. Layla knows when to emphasize a lyrics and add grit and alternatively when to hold back, in a mirror image of Henrik’s guitar playing
...‘The Lily’ is an album bursting with vitality, lyrical originality and the kind of spark that only comes when like minded souls connect.
The live shows are surely worth waiting for, but in the meantime check out the album you won’t be disappointed! ~ getreadytorock.me.uk
Layla Zoe effortlessly transcends the sounds and vibe of the ’70s with her album The Lily. Not only does she look the part, but she plays the part damn well. Born and raised in the ’70s with a healthy diet of blues and rock given to her by her parents, Layla Zoe set out to be one of the more well known women in the blues world.
The Lily is Layla Zoe’s sixth studio album...
...Overall, The Lily is a solid album, far from weak but no extremely elevated points. Layla Zoe fills the role of a front woman very well and both Zoe and the band really complement each other. ~ bluesrockreview.com
From the very first note sung by Layla Zoe I was enthralled, drawn into the music, making the hairs on the back-of my neck stand up from the first Hallelujah sung with such raw emotion. This is an album where Layla’s vocals are Queen spelling out the strong lyrics producing an intricate palette of sounds with layers of meaning and emotions entwined into the package.
...Layla Zoe sings with confidence and delivers an album that improves every time you listen and it is such that you want to listen again and again as each of the tracks provides a contrast to the others. The Lily is an intense, soulful track in which the words are sung like a rock prayer with lines such as ‘Angels will sing and dance and sway to the blues on my funeral day’, that flow with the consummate guitar playing of Henrik Frieschlader.
The track, ‘I Choose You’ has a powerful intro and is more rocky in its approach and the voice drops an octave while more heart rendering lyrics of finding life and hope after drugs and drink, finding sweetness.
Despite the often dark words, and experiences remembered, the grieving and the acceptance of death this is an album that provides hope with the blues that makes you want to reach for re-birth
. This is spiritual blues that is reflected in the opening gospel track of ‘Glory, Glory Hallelujah’. This is an album produced with thought, love and care delivered by two superb musicians who what to convey the blues to you and they certainly achieve this.
Every track is a little bit special but the flower at the centre of the bouquet is the stellar track of the album, it is a difficult if not impossible task that Henrik and Layla have set themselves to better ‘The Lily’. ~ bluesdoodles.wordpress.com