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Listen to THE WHOLE ALBUM Free on the Radio

If you want to hear an in-depth talk about the album, Game of Faith (and also listen to the entire album) then you can listen to a radio interview with Liz on either:

Monday September 9 –
http://www.radio.duivenstraat.net(19:00 GMT)

OR

Saturday September 14 –
http://www.kconlineradio.com (623:00 GMT)

(Just click the links to head straight to their websites)

And don’t forget to set a reminder on your phone so that you don’t miss the opportunity to tune in!

Track by Track Review from Music Street Journal

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Auburn
Game of Faith
Review by Gary Hill
Over the years I’ve reviewed quite a bit of music from this act. While there is a definite range in terms of musical concepts, it’s all high quality. It’s also all artsy and non-mainstream. This set leans in the jazz, blues and folk zone. It’s mostly mellow and all classy.

This review is available in book format (hardcover and paperback) in Music Street Journal: 2019  Volume 4 at lulu.com/strangesound.

Track by Track Review
Game of Faith
The title track opens the set. It has a cool, bluesy kind of Americana in the rather stripped down guitar arrangement. The vocals are a bit whispered and so cool. It all works together to create an intriguing and entertaining song. As it rises up a bit more there is some killer clean electric guitar soloing.
Bad Girl, Good Woman
This isn’t a huge change, but it’s very cool. Some organ lends a different flavor. The cut really works so well. There is more of a jazzy edge to this one. The vocals on this number are almost spoken.
I Don’t Love Him
Even jazzier, I love the old school guitar fills built into this thing. The retro bluesy vibe here is a real charm of the piece.
I Drank
Stripped back, this is just guitar and vocals. It’s an intimate kind of retro styled blues tune.
Prosecco-Fuelled Profiles
More energized, this has more of a jazz meets rock arrangement, but the guitar based version of that. While there are plenty of retro elements here, this is among the most modern sounding stuff here. It’s a nice bit of variety and a piece of class.
Trinidad
There is a bit of a Latin vibe to this cut. It’s a dramatic piece with a lot of charm and style. It’s a bit of variety for the set, too. Yet, it still fits quite well amidst the rest.
Red Velvet Pillow
This comes in with another stripped back blues arrangement. It’s another that is just guitar and voice at the onset. Other instruments join after the first verse, and we’re off with a stylish blues arrangement.
Happy Nowhere
I love the guitar fills on this tune. There is a bit of a dreamy quality to this number. It’s more of a folk rock tune with Americana in the mix.
Misshapen Fruit
Gentle folk music is the concept here. The arrangement is simple and delicate, letting the piece really shine.
It’s Not Love
More of a roots rock Americana groove creates the basis for this number. The vocals are more of the whispering variety. There are some great retro guitar fills built into this thing. I really love the guitar work late in the track.
Float to Blue
Much more of a rock song, this is still packed full of retro stylings. Yet, it does have a more modern element than some of the rest do. This is classy stuff that works so well. It’s one of my favorites here.
Spoke in the Wheel
There is a bit of a dreamy folk rock vibe to this. It’s another cut that leans in a bit more modern direction. Yet, it’s still built on some serious retro Americana. This is all class and one of the highlights here.
Like I Do
Here we get another bluesy rocker. While this is a solid tune, it’s not a standout.
His Arms
A pretty song, this has a stripped down, folk arrangement. It is a nice way to take the set to its closing. 

New Tour Dates Announced for January 2019

Auburn Acoustic will be supporting the 50th Anniversary Tribute to the Flying Burritos

JAN15 Wed 7:30 PM Komedia Brighton

Brighton

Get Tickets

 

JAN16 Thu 8 PM Under the Bridge

London

 
JAN19 Sun 8 PM The Stables, Milton Keynes, MK19 7, United Kingdom Get Tickets
JAN20 Mon 8 PM Barnoldswick  
JAN21 Tue 8 PM The Robin 2

Bilston

 
JAN22 Wed 8 PM EARL HAIG Memorial CLUB

Cardiff

Get Tickets

 

JAN25 Sat 8 PM Backstage at the Green

Kinross

 

Bman’s Blues Report Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Game of Faith, from Auburn and it’s quite interesting. Opening with Game of Faith, a cool jazzy pop track with really strong vocals by Liz Lenten and clean, stylized guitar work by Thomm Jutz really make this one of my favorites on the release. Backed by Mark Fain on bass, Lynn Williams on drums and Britt Savage on backing vocals, a real nice opener. Lightly salted funky track, I Don’t Love Him has a great feel and just the right amount of lead guitar. A purposeful melody and lush chords make this track an outstanding radio prospect. I really like the delicate balance between Lenten’s almost fragile vocal  and the saturated tone of the electric guitar on It’s Not Love. Very interesting contrast. Another track that keeps me listening is Spoke In The Wheel and Lenten’s almost Toya Wilson like vocal delivery, against the glistening chords of Jutz. Wrapping the release is sensitive ballad, His Arm sand Lenten’s vocals balanced lightly on the acoustic guitar work of Jutz. I wouldn’t say this is a traditional blues release by any means, but it is a really interesting release.

 

To view the review on their page just click here

Rootstime Review of GOF

Quote: “Liz Lenten, performing under the name ‘Auburn’, is a British singer-songwriter that blends Americana, country, blues and roots music in the songs on all her records. The latest album ‘Game Of Faith’ was recorded in Nashville, Tennessee and is another new masterpiece in the discography of this already during 20 years performing artist.” – www.rootstime.be

Translated into English below:

Just twenty years ago the British singer and songwriter Liz Lenten from the English county of Lincolnshire decided to set up her own music formation under the name “Auburn”. Many albums later she continues to surprise with every new album with her sublime mix of americana, country, roots music and blues in the songs. ‘Rootstime’ has been able to comment on some of those albums for you in recent years: there was “Indian Summer” in 2012 and I myself wrote reviews for “Nashville” in 2014, “Mixed Feelings” in 2015 and “Love & Promises” in 2016 All these albums came after a fairly long break in the career of Liz Lenten who only decided in 2011 to fully devote herself to creating new songs.

Also the brand new album “Game Of Faith” from “Auburn” may have been added to my package of reviewable CDs again, because even now we can only write down more positive words about the fourteen songs that Liz Lenten has recorded on this album. Because of the great diversity in her songs, her sound has been compared in the past with some widely divergent fellow singers such as Bonnie Raitt in the bluesy tracks, Dusty Springfield in the country ballads and even Norah Jones and Billie Holiday in the more jazzy and soul-inspired songs . We can confirm that subtle elements can be heard from each of these singers in the songs on “Game Of Faith”.

Liz Lenten seeks inspiration for her songs in meticulously evaluating situations, relationships, emotions and personal experiences in love and in her life. Songs like “Bad Girl, Good Woman”, “I Don’t Love Him”, “Happy Nowhere”, “It’s Not Love”, “Like I Do” and “His Arms” are new songs that all have a place managed to conquer this new album that will be released at the end of June.

The record was recorded in Nashville, Tennessee with producer Thomm Jutz, a man who had previously collaborated with, among others, Mary Gauthier and Nanci Griffith and who also took care of the three previous albums of “Auburn” as producer. The musicians who played these songs in the recording studio are Thomm Jutz on guitars, Mark Fain on bass and Lynn Williams on drums, while Britt Savage provides matching harmony vocals a few times.

Finally, we would like to add a few titles of musical highlights to “Game Of Faith”, because that is something that can be said of the songs “Trinidad”, the previously mentioned songs “Bad Girl, Good Woman”, “Happy Nowhere”,  “It’s Not Love ”, “ Float To Blue” and “Spoke In The Wheel” accompanied by twisting guitar sounds. “Craftsmanship is mastery” is a very applicable definition for this latest album of “Auburn”, the musical prodigy of the stylish British singer-songwriter Liz Lenten for two decades.

Steve Forbert Gig a Great Success

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Thank you to everybody who turned up to watch Auburn at the weekend when we were supporting Steve Forbert. What an amazing gig it was!

We are so excited for the launch of our new album, Game of Faith and to be doing more gigs in the future. Watch this space to find out when they’ll be.