Malone Sibun, out of all the bands that I get sent to review albums from, is the one from the last few months that has perhaps been more on my CD player than any other, and there are a few reasons for this. The new album, "Come Together", released Friday 31st January 2020 Via Redline Music / Cargo Distribution is just something different in what seems at times to be a never ending sea of “much the same”. It is obvious very early on in this album that the combination of UK based Detroit soulful blues-rock star Marcus Malone and British blues rock guitarist Innes Sibun is a result of one of those “destined to be” chance meetings that lead to something a little special, and even before the release of this album, Malone Sibun have been nominated earlier this year by the European Blues Awards in the Best Band category.
Malone Sibun are clearly marketing their music at the rock/blues genre audience and, to be honest, that is maybe a bit of a narrow marketing strategy to take as the music on this album clearly shows that there is far more depth to the band and to Marcus Malone and Innes Sibun than this. This album is an obvious example that Malone Sibun are just as happy with soul, funk, rock’n’roll and country sounds as they are with blues/rock, and Marcus Malone simply has a classic blues/soul sound to his voice that allows Innes Sibun to play around the many possibilities that such an emotive singer can offer a musician of his abilities.
There is a little of everything here on this album, but all of the songs here feel like they are coming from the hearts of the band, and it is obvious throughout that Malone Sibun understand how to structure a song from a songwriting perspective as they play with harmonies, counter-melodies, timing and scales throughout this album.
Any well produced album has careful thought to the order of its songs and, here, the opening and closing songs, “We Can Come Together” and “Everyday’s A Miracle” act like musical bookends.
If I had to choose a favourite song here though, it would be the minor blues scale “I’m So Tired of Living”. This one just belongs there with all of my favourite old classic songs of yesterdays.
If you like your straight blues flavoured rock songs then there are some here too that I am sure will be even better performed live.
Marcus Malone and Innes Sibun have together the obvious maturity and experience to make an album like this one, and that understanding of just how to add layers and subtle musical depths to a song shows in every track on this album.
01. Come Together – Malone/Sibun (4:28)
02. Let Me Love You - Malone (4:37)
03. I Want You Back - Sibun (4:59)
04. Taste of Your Love- Malone (4:44)
05. Jodie - Sibun (4:09)
06. So Tired of Living – Sibun (6:30)
07. Love Light – Sibun (4:13)
08. She’s My Girl - Malone (4:22)
09. Rabbit Hole - Malone (4:27)
10. Everyday’s A Miracle – Malone/Sibun (4:46)
Review by Tom King