New album, new singer, new sound. With this motto the Spiritual Beggars 2010, five years after "Demons", returned with "Return To Zero". Above all, the change of line-up on the mic was the last piece in the mosaic of a development with which the band had developed from the snotty stoner rock of the milestones "Mantra III" or "Ad Astra" to the greats of the seventies. Apollo Papathanasios (ex-Firewind) classic hardrock organ fit into the picture as well as the playing style of keyboard player Per Wiberg (ex-Opeth), who is not by chance often compared to Deep Purple legend Jon Lord. With "Earth Blues" the Spiritual Beggars continue their classic rock journey into the seventies and stop at Deep Purple ("Wise As A Serpent"), Thin Lizzy ("Hello Sorrow"), Rainbow ("King Dreamer") and, with some reminiscences in other songs, Black Sabbath. With the Rare-Earth-Track "Dreamer" (stood 1978 on "Together") they also unearthed a cult cover number. "Earth Blues" might not be as surprising as "Return To Zero", but it's still an album on a consistently high level.
Top track: Turn The Tide