I'd never been convinced by the music of Eric Gales until he hooked up with ex shred king Mike Varney. Beginning with "Crystal Vision" and "The Psychedelic Underground", his last album "The Story Of My Life" was his best by far, as he managed to rein in his flashier Hendrix predilections, and concentrated on writing good songs.
The first couple of tunes on this record, however, and it seems like a bit of a step back. It isn't until the pace slows a bit on 'Block The Sun' that things fall into place, although even there, he has a tendency to over egg the pudding, with notes flying around like there's no tomorrow. Elsewhere, he gets a funky groove on in 'Make It There', which comes across like Lenny Kravitz on speed, and is a real treat.
However, there is a stack full of good tunes here, which will keep fans very happy indeed. Long time bassist Steve Evans is still in attendance but new boy Aaron Haggerty has arrived on drums and adds a rockier edge to proceeding. It's been a long, long time since Eric Gales was the next big thing, but if he keeps making records as good as this, then his longevity in the blues is all but guaranteed.