A fine blues guitar rock album with great melodies and solos,
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This review is from: Crossing The Line (Audio CD)
I enjoy this album for Simon McBride's rich vocals as much as his mastery of blues guitar. He sings in a mellow whisky soaked baritone which, to my ears at least, recalls the likes of Chris Rea in his prime. The record has a well balanced mix of standard blues tempos, shuffles, slow ballads, up tempo rockers, tuneful solos and licks.
It is widely understood that the modern blues players are inevitably inspired in terms of guitar style by the greats of the past, not least since the genre has already been well developed over the past few decades by the likes of Gary Moore and Rory Gallagher, as well as American players like Stevie Ray Vaughan and Robert Cray. I hear all these influences on this particular record alongside shades of US southern rock ("Go Down Gambling"), early 70s British blues rock like Free/Bad Company ("Heartbreaker") and late period Clapton ("Don't Be a Fool"). Of course, the crediblity test of any real bluesman's finger pickin' skills is the ability to play an acoustic number with melody and depth, and McBride delivers on the Gallagher-esque "A Rock and a Storm", probably my favourite track.
All in all, this is a highly recommended purchase for fans of nostalgic blues rock from a musician who richly deserves the attention he is attracting among the classic rock music press and audiences these days.