Making a Scene Presents Gerry Casey’s Interview with Matti Alfonzetti
One of the greatest rock-voices ever, Matti Alfonzetti fronted Jagged Edge for a few years in the late Eighties, then he moved home to Sweden and formed Skintrade, which in the early and mid-Nineties had great international success with songs such as “One By One”, “Sick As A Dog” and ” Soul Sister ”. Matti has previously also released solo records and written for and produced others, including The Poodles’ hit “One night of passion” and Velvet Insane’s self-titled debut.
Now ALFONZETTI is releasing a new solo album titled “Shake My Blood“, where has gone back to his roots and together with Mikael Hujanen, Peter Forss, Johan Norgren, Henrik Bergqvist, Joel Sahlin and son Dante created a record that drips from classic arena rock with strong spices of blues.
The songs oscillate between rockers like “Moving Like A Rolling Stone” and “Kill My Blues” to more intimate like Peter Gabriel’s cover “Diggin ‘In The Dirt” the and piano-driven soulful “Say Goodbye”, a favorite, and highlights Matti’s awesome vocal tone.
The title track “Shake My Blood” is a powerhouse that brings to mind both Black Crowes as well as early Whitesnake and Deep Purple. Other highlights include the deliciously strutting “Who Do You Think You Are” and the beautiful “Sanctified” with soulful choirs and southern rock vibes.
“Shake My Blood” is a strong, enjoyable and extremely well-sounding album that fits in many contexts, from sweaty bluesy melodies to rocking hooks. Add to that you have one of Sweden’s best rock singers of all time. ‘Nuff said.