Cirkus Prütz
White Jazz - Black Magic

Label: Metalville
Three similar bands: ZZ top/Johnny Winter/George Thorogood

Rating: HHHHHHH (3/7)
Reviewer: Daniel Källmalm
1. Leave Me Alone
2. Mojo
3. Shotgun Wedding Blues
4. Aim To Please
5. Blues For Fallen Brothers
6. Hell To Pay
7. Ready To Go
8. Friends
9. Hats 'n' Strats
10. Zombie Stomp

Christian Carlsson - lead vocals, guitar
Franco Santunione - vocals, guitar
Jerry Prütz - bass, vocals
Per Kohlus - drums

The Circus comes to town (2014)
All for the Boogie and the Blues (2017)

Erik Nilsson - add. Percussion

Produced by Franco Santunione
Recorded by Martin Karlegard at Submob Studio and by Erik Nilsson at Studio 491
Mixed by Erik Nilsson at Studio 491
Mastered by Claes Persson at CPR-recording
Artwork by Bring the King
Photos by Kent Renewer at Bodyshots Studio

Released 2019-07-26
Reviewed 2020-05-01


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It is circus time, like it is always a circus in my mind and head and whatever else that is mine. It is one of those that has been lying around the review box for quite a while until I finally managed to give it some time. It is their third album, something I didn’t find out from the band’s poor web presence but from quite extensive research as their discography wasn’t widely published as far as google searching would go. I think bands should have a good website, facebook-crap is probably fine for updates and news stuff but for more resources around the band, info, history and things it is better with a decent website. Nicer covers also make album more interesting, though you shouldn’t judge the book by its cover.

The music isn’t very circusy, I would say that it is quite standardised blues rock with no surprises. Well made, decent production, ordinary singer, and kind of the expected variation of songs, it is an album that is much like any other blues rock album. I suspect that originality wasn’t what they were going for, probably not fresh either – this is an album that feels very familiar and it is quite predictable. It would also have benefitted this album to be shorter, as it feels a tad on the long side.

Musically it is pretty okay, with decent songs it makes for a decent album, but a far from a spectacular one. The instrumental stuff is the best, the rest of the album is a little bit uninteresting. They could have gone for more circus and more black magic, less of the generic blues stuff. It would be fair to say that I am less than impressed. However, there is a decent chance that fans of the blues rock stuff will find this album relatively agreeable, perhaps even good, but if you are looking for something with a more novel approach you should look elsewhere.

I cannot claim that this is a good album, I found it to be fairly dull and grew bored with it really fast. Now, I am not a fan of the blues rock genre, therefore your impression might differ from mine, but the facts remain and those are that Cirkus Prütz offers nothing fresh and nothing original.