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Passionate Howling Guitar,
This review is from: Just as I Am (Audio CD)
This guitar's on fire! Three piece blues guitar rock for 2010.
The CD opens with upbeat chord slabs, Danny's gruff vocals and a short but liquid solo on Shut Out the Light. Blues for Buddy recalls Stevie Ray Vaughan in 12 bar mode - a driving beat - with full-on solos. A more laid back approach kicks off For the Last Time, building to a slow-burn solo. Every Time the Devil Smiles stomps along with stabs of wah-wah and a controlled, yet powerful solo. Just As I Am, the title track is a slow blues with Danny sharing his broken dreams, topped off with a lengthy impassioned solo that wails, wails and then wails some more. This number competes with Alone in the Dark as the album's best. Master of Disaster, a John Hiatt penned number about a "master of the Telecaster who can't play it any faster when he plays the blues" - might just be referring to Danny's guitar style. Day by Day with its Robin Trower style intro slips into a slow blues with the wah crying as "there's no comfort in this glass". The Hard Way has a nice rising guitar line that builds to the lightning solo. Acoustic strumming starts off Alone in the Dark, all broken hearts and hard times with full-throttle Stratocaster fills and a killer solo - possibly the best on the album.
Watching Danny play live is a study in full-on passion and this studio album and Black and White are performed with similar passion and with additional rhythm guitar to fill out the background to pleasing effect.
If you like blues /rock in the Stevie Ray Vaughan, Gary Moore, Joe Bonamassa , Water Trout style then give this album a listen and then go back and pick up Black and White particularly for Between the Lines and Any Wonder - more great guitar based blues/rock.
Go and see Danny live for living proof passionately performed guitar blues rock is very much alive.
46.11 minutes of passionate howling guitar for the price of a CD. Bargain!