Guitarist Saul Losada released in January 2017 an eight-track album titled Energy in which he combines blues, rock, hard rock, jazz, and even electronica in some sort of gentle experimentation. The Hollywood, California resident crafted a set that will appeal to both guitar lovers as well as anyone interested in discovering new and innovative music. Each number has carefully been crafted and performed, with great musicianship and on-point vocals. Both original tracks and covers are attention-grabbing and noteworthy.
The instrumental “Morning Light” is defined by the blues melody led by the guitar. Slow paced and soulful, it is somewhat lulling in a seductive way. “Energy” has a big of a funk flavour to it, easily drawing listeners in with its strong groove. The ballad-like “Bold as Love” has more rock and blues, and includes female vocals that flirt shamelessly with the guitar. Follow-up ballad “People Get Ready”, which also includes vocals, has enough of a pop touch to it to make it almost radio-friendly. It combines layers that are simple in a complex arrangement.
In contrast, the emotion-laden “The Green River” is pretty experimental, putting together elements borrowed from blues, electronica, jazz, and even R&B in an attention-grabbing number that might be a challenge for fans of more mainstream music to enjoy. Losada seems to be enjoying every bit of this track, and it sounds like he is comfortably sitting in his living room, relaxing on a Sunday afternoon and just playing away, just having fun.
“Maybellene” and “The Thrill Is Gone” have been covered many times, including by some well-known heavy-hitters such as Elvis and Aretha Franklin. Losada isn’t deviating from the original too much, if at all, pouring instead his energy into what seems to be a heartfelt and honest attempt to celebrate the original.
I would have thought that “Fasten Your Seatbelt” should have been placed earlier in the set, kind of to start things off with an energetic bang, but it also does well to close the album, what with the return of funk elements. The uptempo pace and the guitar solos make it a heart-thumping track and encourages listeners to replay the entire set again and again.