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Wilko confounds critics.,
Here Wilko takes us on a different musical adventure, one you had better be prepared for. This is -not- Dr.Feelgood or Solid Senders.
This is Wilko.
'Red Hot Rocking Blues' opens, then we eventually get to 'He Ain't Give You None' via some pleasant surprises. This is where the surprises really begin. This is soulful music. Beautiful in its stripped down, raw, naked recording. The joyous romp through 'Hello Josephine' stops abruptly again with 'Help Me'. You really do wanna help him.
Fun through to 'One Time'. This instrumental builds, layer by layer. Norms playing here is exquisite, weaving in around the timings of the guitar and drums. Wilko and Monti combining with Norm to build a soundscape divine.
Who knew?. A nice romp through to 'Listen To The Lion' and then as the song starts...
Wow. -TWO- guitar tracks. The nagging, insistent, menacing almost, undertone of the second guitar with the bite of the lead and vocals so open, raw and exposed. This is stripped down, plaintive music. Music for the soul. World class.
My copy then goes on to the stompalong of 'Sandpaper Blues' to finish on an upbeat note.
Raw Wilko. Like raw steak, an acquired taste, but the heat of these Red Hot Rocking Blues is truly searing.