It is probably called authenticity when a new album sounds like a forgotten pearl of times long gone. Joy from the south of California have achieved exactly that with their debut "Under The Spell Of Joy". The eight tracks breathe the zeitgeist of the early 70s heavy rock, not least because they were preserved with similar production techniques. This means that one cannot expect the freshness and dynamism of today's productions here. But authenticity as well as corresponding craftsmanship and songwriting skills. "Miles Away", "Confusion" or "One More Time" are such fast songs, with deep riffs, fat organs in the background, guitar solos in high speed and a vocal style that Ozzy O. invented sometime. "Evil" and "Death Hymn Blues" take it a little slower, but also with an overdose of fuzz guitars. It can't be missing. Neither a celebrity nor a prominent visitor: no less a person than ex-Hawkwind saxophonist Nik Turner contributes a long sax solo to "Confusion". Joy sometimes work too stereotypically, but the consequence deserves respect.
Top track: Evil