Big fan of blues music!! On my Cloud Player "Blues Playlist" Dani Wilde fits in very well alongside Peter Green, Eric Clapton and Hugh Laurie... This lady has one amazing voice!! So glad she's up for one or two British Blues Awards this year!! "Let Me Show you" from this album is so sweet, love it!! :)
Juice Me Up is Dani's third solo release and she has made by far her best work, following on from the success of `Shine', this release is like another three cd progression. Straying slightly away from the previous blues based releases, Dani now shows her true colours mixing stax, motown, soul, blues in a very vibrant collection of songs, consisting of eleven originals and two covers Most of the cast of Shine are here as well including Pete Wingfield (keyboards), Stuart Dixon (guitars), Roger Inniss (bass), Victoria Smith (bass), Will Wilde (Harmonica) and Jamie Little (drums) and also cd producer, half the tracks are also bolstered by a horn section.
The cd kicks off with two Motown style tracks `Don't Go Making Me Cry' and `Walk Out The Front Door', the horns making this a joy to listen to over the funky soul beat and Dani's powerful vocals. `Let Me Show You' is a great Grease-style rock and roll track. With a 70's Isaac Hayes style intro we have the first of the two political lyrical based songs on the cd with `Crazy World', highlighting the problems mainly in Africa with blood diamonds, child armies and poverty. The other being `The Burning Truth' inspired by the events of Summer 2011, this track reminds me a lot of The Temptations `Ball Of Confusion' and Marvin Gaye's`Inner City Blues' , great vibe to this with super lyrics containing the line `Cameron is nowhere in sight'. As a contrast we have the Smokey Robinson cover `Who's Loving You' which gives Dani a vehicle to let her soulful vocals soar to a new level. The two slower songs `Falling' and `Sweet Inspiration' both beautiful in their own right, `Falling' has a very tasteful guitar break that I believe will be a standout live track. Another vocally strong song is `All I Need' that has some subtle slide guitar work that cushions this song. Will Wilde shows off his harmonica skills on the Albert King influenced `Mississippi Kisses',this songs rocks in the rip-roaring Chicago blues style, a great fun song, the same as `Call On Me' a funky blues number featuring again some more super guitar work. Title track `Juice Me Up', (apparently inspired by Ruf Records label mate Oli Brown), with its Stones guitar riff, will be a classic in Dani's armoury, up-tempo and fun it also features a wonder twin guitar duel break, be a terrific radio airplay track. Finally `I Will Be Waiting' is an acoustic duet from Dani and Stuart that ends the cd perfectly after the rollercoaster ride of funk, soul and blues that preceded it.
You can feel and hear the confidence in Dani and company in the recording and writing of the songs on offer here, perhaps this is the real Dani Wilde we are getting now, long may it continue. Her best work so far I cannot wait to hear it all live at a gig that will be amazing. Buy it and have a party!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I thought that Dani's previous record `Shine' was very promising, with good playing, production and very interesting song-writing and it was a big improvement over her debut release. Similarly, I think that this new release is a notch up from `Shine' and while it retains many of the same musicians - guitarist Stuart Dixon, bassist Roger Inniss, drummer Jamie Little, Pete Wingfield on keyboards and brother Will on harp on the track "Mississippi Kisses" - this time production is by Jamie Little and we have a horn section of Sid Gauld and Rob Hughes on half of the tracks. I loved the brass on the soul ballad "Falling" (probably my favourite track) and I was impressed to hear that when the band played this song on their recent Paul Jones session it sounded just as good as the version on the CD.
The song writing remains interesting, particularly the song "Crazy World" which comments on African rebel groups use of child soldiers and "The Burning Truth" about last year's riots - both expanding the often clichéd and limited range of blues lyrics. Dani wrote all the songs apart from the covers of Smokey Robinson's "Who's Loving You?" and "Walk Out The front Door" which I associate with Bonnie Raitt. I also really liked the acoustic closer "I Will Be Waiting" and the funky opening track "Don't Go Making Me Cry" - with its Stax-style brass and Albert King-style guitar. However, I don't think that Dani is quite the finished article yet, her voice is still a bit thin at times but if she keeps on improving at this rate she very soon will be.
This is Danny's third solo album (not counting the girls with guitars etc)and it s my favourite. Punchy, great songs, great guitar work and still - more than ever - "the voice". She may have the strongest voice among the young female blues rock singers. If you see her play, her finger picking style is also different. Well, in a nutshell - BUY THIS NOW.
It's so refreshing to hear a female blues and soul guitar singer. They're about but lets face it, it's still mainly male. Her tunes are brilliant and she's also great live. Her guitar skills and voice are equally as good and it's nice to hear her brother on the harmonica (he also has a pretty good voice). I thoroughly recommend this album.