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  • Audio CD (7 April 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Kartel
  • ASIN: B0013F2MDY
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 45,604 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Product Description

Son of Dave's follow up album to 'O2' signifying a huge potential to cross over with a new pop/rock direction.

Review

There are times, listening to this album, you start to feel guilty - surely, if music sounds this good, it must be bad for you. But give yourself permission to indulge in Son of Dave's sensuous symphony of sin.

Son of Dave looks as if he has stepped out of a black and white Forties B-movie, in which he plays one of those Pinkerton private eyes who take pictures of suspected adulterers and their paramours as they slip out of backstreet hotels. Still wearing the same suit and trilby, he sits on stage with a huge microphone in one hand, a harmonica in the other, and a box of tricks on the floor, which he steps on as he starts to play. He hits the pedal twice more and the room is filled with a rhythmic loop of harmonica breaths, over which he proceeds to sing and talk, suck and blow, mutter and mumble.

Drawn in by the mystery - what is he doing? How does he do it? - the listener is fascinated, captivated but disturbed. What might have been a novelty act is much darker and sometimes uncomfortable. Is there madness in his method?

Twice before, Son of Dave recorded albums that were respectful of his live show but, disappointingly, missed the point. Third time out, he and producer Alex McGowan have not only nailed the live act, they've gone further, creating a monster that could be a challenge to replicate on stage. Although there isn't much going on, with plenty of gaps between each vocal line, the whole thing sounds both huge and full of space.

'Ain't going to Nike Town,' declares the singer on 'Nike Town', defiant but measured, 'ain't going to Vegas.' Then he gets seriously demented as he screams, 'You can take me, shake me, but you can't make me.' He could be a six-year-old child screaming at its mother, or an anti-war protester struggling as she's bundled into the back of a police van. Whatever your cause, here's your anthem.

Each couplet in 'Lover Not a Fighter' could stand on its own, but the one that catches my attention every time is: 'That's why I'm up there on this riser, yeah, selling records for the Kaiser.' But before you have time to absorb it, the chorus returns to pull you in: 'Give it up, if you wanna be a lover, put your toys away.'

Just as you start wondering when was the last time a major pop act featured harmonica, Son of Dave answers the question by doing 'Low Rider', a hit in 1975 for War. In some ways, the album feels like a throwback to an even earlier time, to Chicago blues clubs of the mid-Fifties, when Little Walter blew counterpoint melodies to Muddy Waters's lead vocals and Jimmy Reed played both guitar and mouth harp.

But the album also gives a glimpse into the future, when technology has been reclaimed from the technicians and is once again a do-it-yourself tool for people with something to say. Son of Dave has plenty to say, and this is his triumphant manifesto. -- Observer Music Monthly Sunday April 20 2008

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. Dearsley on 1 Jun 2008
Format: Audio CD
I don't need to say much. This is just fantastic. My friend introduced me to S of D the other day, and I listened to it on a loop for days. I have been going around proselytising ever since, pinning people against walls and plugging my headphones into their ears.
And they've all been converted (in the words of another great band, The Alabama 3).
Buy, listen and be converted.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. P. Whiting on 20 Oct 2008
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Son of Dave has to be one of my best finds this year. I watched him perform at Gig in The Park music festival in Halesworth, Suffolk earlier in the year and was immediately hooked, almost as soon as he stepped on stage! The concept of what this guy does is amazing - everything you hear is him! Its pretty much blues meets a beat of funk with some looped beat-boxing and sampling. You have to see it to believe it. Anyway the album is great and very catchy. I'm not even a blues fan and I love it. I guarantee this will have your foot taping in no time. Track 6 (Hellhound) is my personal favourite. By the way, if you get chance to see this guy live then do it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. John Hughes on 3 April 2009
Format: Audio CD
This would be 5 stars, but I've seen Son Of Dave Live, and I don't think he'll ever capture his brilliants on a recording.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Fretwell on 26 April 2009
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I saw Son of Dave first on Jules Holland and was blown away. This album is sheer brilliance, and highly recommended.
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