★★★★ 4 star review of JAMES LEG “Blood On the Keys” from ALL MUSIC GUIDE


The retro milieu in which Leg works is part of his swampy mystique, and it works to his advantage as his growling vocals and dazzling organ and electric piano work coalesce in thick slabs of analog glory. Again, this is part of what drew fans to him in the first place, but the new tones he introduces here also provide the two biggest album highlights. From the start, “St. Michel Shuffle” feels different, setting Leg’s fierce growls against an odd, throbbing organ backdrop, brightly tinkling piano, and a robust gypsy-classical string arrangement. It’s dynamic, unique, and easily the most striking track on the album. Similarly, the closer “Should Have Been Home with You” reprises the shuffling gypsy-blues sound with some fiery interplay between the trilling fiddle and Leg’s distorted Fender Rhodes, making for a different kind of barnburner than he’s previously delivered. More exploratory than some of his previous work, Blood on the Keys is another quality outing from Leg. – READ THE REVIEW HERE