on 20 February 2010
This 'comeback' CD, for want of a better word is quite astonishing really. I rated Tyla as one of the best songwriters and singers of the seventies and went to practically every Ducks Deluxe and Tyla Gang gig I could afford to - I was penniless student then. He disappeared for a while when the Gang split up and had several hits in Germany and other parts of Europe. I've now heard those albums and while they don't have the raw edge of DD or TG, the songs are once again, expertly crafted. Back In The Saddle has some real gems, like Montanarama, Trust and the autobiographical, Hollywood Blues and not one song offers anything less than you would expect from this master of the roots rock genre. I went to see the reformed Ducks last year and bought their new mini CD. More fine songs that knock anything Weller, Lowe or Costello can write into a cocked hat! If you can take a twenty year sabbatical and come back with material of this quality, you deserve a Grammy, Sean! I recommend it highly.