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Shame About The Singing
on 28 March 2013
I have a lot of albums from Pat Travers' earlier years and they were always pretty good - full of great rocking numbers, great guitar and listenable vocals. But, this?
The guitar is still as great as it ever was....but the singing! From the moment Pat opens his mouth on Black Dog Blues, you just hope that this is an abberation - but unfortunately, it is not, and pressing skip achieves nothing but changing the tune and tempo, but that godawful voice remains, making even Seasick Steve sound like a concert baritone!
Why oh why did he have to wreck what otherwise would have passed for a good guitar oriented blues album? Indeed, what were the record company thinking allowing this one out of the bag?
The last album of Pat's that I bought (2009's "Travellin' Blues")is streets ahead of this and while his voice was not as good as in his heyday, it hasn't stooped to the level of an incessant growl.
Really, Pat, if you can no longer hack the vocals, then find someone that can - your guitar playing is as good as it's ever been but we electric blues fans cannot be assumed to accept anything put out just because it bears the Pat Travers tag!
Punters - you have been warned!