It was only after seeing the Redeyeband live, that I can claim to have 'got' Danny Bryant, as his studio records have always seemed just a tad on the polite side. Now that's not something that has been completely cured on this new release, but I can safely say that this is my favourite Danny Bryant album so far.
'Shut Out The Light is a good rocking opener, but it's when 'Blues For Buddy' kicks in that the album really takes off. It's a straight down the middle Blues tune, but the passion just spills out of the speakers. I can live without much of his balladry, but when there's a funky beast like 'Every Time The Devil Smiles' just around the corner, then it's a small price to pay.
There's eight new Danny Bryant compositions here, alongside the sole cover, a take on the John Hiatt song, 'Master Of Disaster' and he's still got Trevor Barr on drums and his Dad, Ken, on bass, and they down a fine job of holding down the groove.
The best two songs are saved for last, with the slow Blues of 'The Hard Way' featuring a surprisingly good vocal, something the young Master Bryant seems to have been working on. Things then end with the right minute epic, 'Alone In The Dark', possibly the best song he's ever written, one that has an evocative, Snowy White style flavour, dipping in and out of moods and styles, to tremendous effect.