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The Enduring Style of Boz Scaggs - "Dig" this!
on 10 January 2010
This record has been promoted as the new `Silk Degrees', Boz's multimillion seller from 1976. On listening though, it is nothing like the acclaimed meisterwerk; in fact, sonically it bears more resemblance to the quieter numbers on 1994's `Some Change', while `Get on the Natch' and `Call That Love' on the album are straight blues more reminiscent of 1997's `Come On Home'.
The album appears to be conceptualised as two sides of a record, the first 4 songs lulling you in like a sonic lullaby, then moving onto the blues, then soul in later songs like `You're Not'.
The difference is that the previous two albums were produced by Boz while here the textures are provided by Danny Kortchmar - whose guitar sound is all over the record- and David Paich, the latter being the musical arranger and keyboard player on `Degrees'.
Boz sings very well, about loves' lost and found, being an ongoing speciality with Boz since his earliest solo albums. `King of El Paso' and `Vanishing Point' are more reflective pieces on American characters on the road to perdition, a mix of Jack Kerouac and his beloved rhythm and blues lyrical themes.
After a few plays the album comes to life, and the different musical styles come out of the mix, becoming a stylistically varied album.
Overall then, it is not `Silk Degrees Mk II', but why should it be? That album was a continuation of the styles he had been mining up to then, as is this one, a summation even.
This is the latest Boz album, and is a very worthy addition to Boz's canon, and in continuing the "variations on that theme" he sings about in `Thanks To You' he remains a continuing pleasure to his fans.