Kobra and the Lotus – “Words of the Prophets” EP (2015)

Label: Titan Music

Review by Warren Mayocchi

Neil Young, Leonard Cohen and Joni Mitchell all come from Canada. So, when Kobra and the Lotus decided to make an EP featuring classic Canadian artists, there is a broad set of very talented bands from which they can choose. They decided to select artists that they liked in their youth. All of the aforementioned Canadian legends have been inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, and all but one of the artists that Kobra and the Lotus cover have also been inducted.

A video has been produced for the Alannah Myles cover, “Black Velvet”, the youngest song on the album. As with all the songs on the EP, the band bring a noticeably heavier sound and Kobra Paige brings her great rock voice. All songs are performed well, Kobra and the Lotus display their musical competence and love for the original songs. Perhaps there is too much reverence for the originals though. While they do not quite break into reggae for “Spirit of the Radio”, all of the songs are performed similarly to the original music. Rather than hearing the band do straight covers, it would have been good to listen to Kobra and the Lotus imprint more of themselves into the music. However, what we hear is what the band wanted to do – pay tribute their memories of the legends of Canadian rock … and there is no doubt, they rock hard.

Rating – 81/100

 

Tracklist

  1. Lay It On the Line
  2. Sign of the Gypsy Queen
  3. Black Velvet
  4. Let It Ride
  5. The Spirit of Radio

 

Line Up

  • Kobra Paige – Vocals, Piano
  • Jasio Kulakowski – Guitars
  • Brad Kennedy – Bass
  • Bones Elias – Drums

 

Links

facebook.com/KobraAndTheLotus

twitter.com/katlofficial

kobraandthelotus.com