“..an impeccably crafted trip through all the ingredients that made rock’n’roll in the first place, from gospel to sweet soul, raw blues to country…Blasting Certified Blue in the car, as I have been for a week, I didn’t want it to end. It’s that good.”
4.5 STARS Noel Mengel, Review of the Week, Courier Mail April 2014
“Certified Blue, the new Black Sorrows album is a masterpiece. This is easily Joe’s strongest album since ‘Hold On To Me’ and most passionate since ‘Dear Children’.”
Paul Cashmere Noise 11, 8 April 2014
“Certified Blue contains some of the best songs Joe and his long-term writing partner Nick Smith, have ever written… The album is a wonderful encapsulation of the talents of a great musician” Brian Wise Off The Record, #1 Top Picks Wise Choice Rhythms Magazine April 2014
The Black Sorrows
If The Black Sorrows were a dog with which you shared a house, rather than a band you wish was soundtracking your life, it would be a bitser. Bits of soul, bits of rock, bits of country, bits of gospel … you get the point. Actually, the point is it’s just like one perfect party here. Take three songs in the middle – it swings from a spinning upright bass in Return of the Voodoo Sheiks, takes a tuba on a New Orleans march in Righteous Blues; and then in Lovers Waltz it smooches up close. Meanwhile, on most tracks Joe Camilleri comes across like an Antipodean Elvis Costello.
Incidentally, I recommend you buy the vinyl version of this – teal-coloured, heavy in the hand, a beautifully realised cover in appropriate size, and that lovely sound. It’s only 10 tracks compared with the CD’s 15, but you get a CD along with it.
BERNARD ZUEL Sydney Morning Herald