Honest Man Canadian Matt Andersen Beguiling Songs Soulful Vocals

Honest Man Canadian Matt Andersen Beguiling Songs Soulful Vocals

Honest Man Canadian Matt Andersen Beguiling Songs Soulful Vocals

 

 

The latest melodic, politically charged outpouring from Canadian Matt Andersen is full of tonal depths and interest. Acoustic at the heart filled out with rhythmic beats deep keyboard chords and brass Honest Man goes Pop with rhythmic soul.

This is Matt Andersen, lighter in tone having fun as he explores new territory on Honest Man. In the new songs, Matt combines his soulful gospel-rich voice with the power of Commissioner Gordon. “Gordon has worked with so many different people, like Santana and Quincy Jones, on so many historic albums,” says Andersen. “He has such a great approach and was able to tie-­in so many new ideas to what I’ve done in the past without losing touch with my sound.”

This is Matt Andersen with a spring in his fingers moving on from the guitar driven acoustic wealth of Coal Mining Blues, he has created a fresh and bright Honest Man. Opening with Break Away, one thing for certain is that from the first to the last you will not want to break away from the music that Matt is producing.  Opening with upbeat with cascading chords from the organ and country fuelled sound with the hint of reggae in the beat your feet will connect you to the rhythms and your soul will soar with the vocals.

The title track, co-­written with Chris Kirby, was inspired by a US political cartoon. Has a deep rhythmic pull with the trumpet pushing the melody on and Matt’s gospel-toned vocals adding blues to Honest Man as politics are explored. The movers and shakers may be turning their backs on Matt we certainly won’t be. The music as he explores both the personal and the political has an honest pull music that is of and for the times we are all wading through.

Let’s Get Back,  is an anthem for now as you realise things have changed and not necessarily for the better how we can find our way back in a soul of searing demanding vocals with the cadences of Warren Haynes with added brass acting as the cheerleaders.  The album touches on the questions posed post elections and referendums, what is the truth or Who Are We Listening To? How social media influences and how we can make up our own minds with honest information.

For the personal side of Matt as the Honest Man check out, I’m Giving In, stripped back combination of piano and vocals works perfectly on this ballad as he considers making a commitment. Then we continue with the personal journey with All the Way, written with Gordie Sampson, has a dance beat that swings with energy as Matt sings about taking the step and committing to a relationship with all the emotions, fears and hope this journey will take your life on.

A new branch of the  Matt Andersen musical journey is being formed in Honest Man. Across the ten tracks styles are explored and sounds are experimented with. The important thing is the essence of Matt Andersen is never lost or drowned out by the new approach. The music has a freshness, with a twist of retro and crosses across genres if you love a good song, superb vocals and interesting melodies then Honest Man will be a much-loved addition to your collection of music that is personal and political.

Honest Man Canadian Matt Andersen Beguiling Songs Soulful Vocals

Matt AndersenHonest ManTrue North Records

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Track Listing

  1. Break Away
  2. The Gift
  3. Honest Man
  4. I’m Giving In
  5. Quiet Company
  6. Let’s Get Back
  7. All The Way
  8. Last Surrender
  9. Who Are You Listening To?
  10. One Good Song

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Honest Man Canadian Matt Andersen Beguiling Songs Soulful Vocals

Honest Man Canadian Matt Andersen Beguiling Songs Soulful Vocals

People We Become Sings Inspirational Jo Harman

People We Become Sings Inspirational Jo Harman

 

People We Become Sings Inspirational Jo Harman

 

The People We Become is the long-awaited follow-up to the acclaimed 2013 album Dirt On My Tongue. Worth the wait, YES in one simple word. Is it the same, a variation on Dirt On My Tongue NO. Jo Harman has deepened her musical framework the album is considered artistry of sound, tone and lyrical textures.

The album opens with a crackle and the distant voice of Jo as singing from the past. Quiet then thirty seconds in the tempo hardens with drum and bass we are in the now as Jo’s vocals come forward and take control. No One Left To Blame, opens the album with spine-tingling emotional power and if you don’t listen on you only have yourself to blame.

As the album unfolds, this is Jo Harman being herself full of poignancy and personal. As ever the vocals are smoky, smooth and/or pure depending on the tone and shaping the lyrics around her tongue adding joy or bitter-sweetness. This is the seductive power of Jo Harman’s voice, once heard never forgotten.  Jo has been described as a blues singer; that is just a part of the full musical equation of Jo Harman as she weaves in gospel, soulful Motown, and the angst of a singer-songwriter exploring personal hurts.  Jo is a singer who understands the power of using her exceptional voice as the focal instrument throughout the album.

The percussive forces on tracks reflect the intensity of Jo’s voice.  Then as in a perfectly balanced black and white photograph, the shadows and greys say more. Lend Me Your Love the piano and vocals give the track a simplicity so the soaring lyrics sung capture your attention. The percussion gives the track tonal texture and the underlying hurt and anger. Energy is added with Reformation and its tribal, urgent percussive intro, harking back but not copying a holler. The clapping adds a sting as we stomp to the number influenced by her work with Amnesty International.

Recorded in Nashville, at Sound Emporium and other noted studios, with acclaimed producer Fred Mollin (including Billy Joel, , Carly Simon, Joe Cocker and Johnny Mathis more) the album features Michael McDonald on the first single ‘When We Were Young’. With its up-tempo fun beat lightening the album blending in a song that will definitely be getting radio play with its easy listening dance rhythm and smooth backing singer it is a hit.

 

 

The ten track, superbly crafted album closes out with piano and voice as Lonely Like Me with deep melody and a song that is timeless as we feel the hurt of loneliness and understand the begging for forgiveness as it is part of our own life’s journey. It is why we are the People We Become.

Bluesdoodles believes this is an album that will delight her phalanx of fans and bringing many more into the Jo Harman camp, they will relate to the album for its timeless majesty and it fearless uncompromising delivery of songs. Songs that Jo wanted to write and sing not because they are a particular musical style.

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Track Listing

  1. No One Left To Blame
  2. Silhouettes Of You
  3. Lend Me Your Love
  4. Unchanged and Alone
  5. Reformation
  6. Changing of The Guard
  7. Person of Interest
  8. When We Were Young
  9. The Final Page
  10. Lonely Like Me

Midnight Call of the Blues with Fran McGillivray Band

Midnight Call of the Blues with Fran McGillivray Band

Midnight Call of the Blues with
Fran McGillivray Band

 

A new release from Fran McGillivray Band is always a welcome way to bring in a New Year, Midnight Call is just the album to sit and chill out with as the winter grinds it’s relentless mix of cold and bleak days. The eleven tracks break the January blues, with a mix of blues that blow a gentle breeze of musical hope. Ten tracks written by McGillivray and Burke with the last track closing out the album returning to the roots of the blues with Robert Johnson’s Walkin’ Blues.

The trio craft a sound that is easy on the ear and fills the speakers with the waterfall of textures that gradually builds and the melody harmonises perfectly with Fran’s vocal tones.  Opening with Hard Workin Woman, the album sets down a marker. This is country blues with an edge to the lyrics, percussion from Roger Nunn that steps out the beat and Mike Burke’s guitar adds a sting to the hard-working vibe of the track. Four tracks in and I Gotta Know, by now the listener will feel they have got to know the band style and friendly approach to the blues very well. Fran’s vocals have a gentle caress as she questions I Gotta Know, there is a sadness, and the instrumentation reflects this with a country feel. This is music that will always please as the styles of acoustic all, shaken and stirred so that you are caressed with a whisper of the blues. The beat picks up with When When When, which makes a compelling sound. The title track has a Hawaiian guitar backdrop that augments the simple beauty of the rootsy vocals delivered by Fran. The empathy between the musicians shines through they have an innate understanding of the sound they are creating and how the layers of sound interact with each other. There is nothing harsh or jarring as the music washes over you, connecting to your music soul and acts as a healing caress. Every note is considered, every pause, breathe upping the tempo has been taken into consideration ensuring that every song works on its own or part of the album Midnight Call. Without the collective skill of Fran, Mike and Roger the album could have been whimsical and saccharin sweet. It is not it is a music that weaves together textures and wraps emotions of lost, hurt and loneliness into a cocoon of safety.

As the last wistful phrasing of Missed My Chance fades away, the tempo changes with a sultry jazz infused number that takes you to a smoke filled bar full of prohibition gin as we shake hands with Mister Blue. Closing out with Walkin’ Blues the context of the album is pulled together, blues is the dominant driving force from the hot countryside of the Southern States.

The skilful delivery of the eleven tracks, should not be a surprise to anyone as the trio are founder members of the legendary urban blues outfit; So Long Angel. As, Midnight Call of the Blues with the Fran McGillivray Band, you know this is an album that will be visited often with pure enjoyment of blues that are both simple and complex.

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Track Listing

  1. Hard Working Woman
  2. Love and Regret
  3. Blood On Your Hands
  4. I Gotta Know
  5. When When When
  6. Midnight Call
  7. Missed My Chance With You
  8. Mister Blues
  9. End of the Road
  10. Get Back To Love
  11. Walkin Blues

IAN SIEGAL BAND – ON TOUR – MARCH 2016

Siegal Band 2015

IAN SIEGAL BAND – ON TOUR – MARCH 2016

British Blues Hall of Fame, eight-times British Blues award winner, three-times European Blues award winner, three-times BMA nominee and two-times Mojo Blues album of the year. Oh, and ten album releases. Need we say more?

Ian Siegal and the Band are back in the U.K. during March

18 Mar – LONDON – Borderline, Tel : 0207 734 5547 – 7pm £20

19 Mar – DERBY Flowerpot Tel: 01332 834438 – 8pm £15

20 Mar – BRISTOL – Colston Hall Tel: 0844 887 1500 – 2pm £15

Still need convincing? Here the band live Ian Siegal with his glorious vocals – Dusty Ciggar mesmerising guitar including his magic Baritone that adds a tone of wizardry – then there is the rhythm section of Danny Van’t Hoff playing a bass line that underpins and adds to the weight of the music and drumming with style is Raphael Schwiddessen – what a tight band delivering their own music inspired by the blues, rock n Roll and roots music but never contrived or fixed in the moment. One thing for sure there will be something new and a mix from the favourites from his extensive back catalogue.

Bluesdoodles reviewed One Night In Amsterdam it hit the perfect 10 – read what we said HERE

Bluesdoodles said One Night In Amsterdam – Best Live album of 2015 – HERE

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Bluesdoodles – Pick Of The Bunch 2015

Pick Of The Bunch 2015 ~
The order is random all are brilliant and in with a shout for the Bluesdoodles Dozen of 2015..

These are from the albums I have listened to and reviewed throughout 2015 – this is my subjective collection happy for others to disagree. Bluesdoodles wants to thank every artist who has submitted music to be reviewed I listen and will always be honest and fair

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Fish – A Feast Of Consequences
Joel Fisk & The Breakdown – The Well
Dan Patlansky – Dear Silence Thieves
John Mayall – A Special Life
Giles Hedley – Rain Is Such A Lonesome Sound
Lisa Mills – I’m Changing re-mix
Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman – Tomorrow Will Follow Today
Ian Siegal – One Night In Amsterdam
Dani Wilde – Songs About
Joe Satriani – Shockwave Supernova
Guy Tortora – Bluesman In A Boneyard
Danny & The Champions of the World – What Kind Of Love
Gill Landry – Gill Landry
LaVendore Rogue – Light Up With
Mark Pontin – Textures
Aynsley Lister – Home
Samantha Fish – Wild Heart
Little Devils – The Storm Inside
Erja Lyytinen – Live In London
Beth Hart – Better Than Home
David Phillips – If I Had Wings
Karen Lovely – Ten Miles of Bad Road
Micke Bjorklof & Blues Strip – Ain’t Bad Yet
King King – Reaching For The Light
Devon Allman – Ragged and Dirty
Joe Louis Walker – Everybody Wants A Piece
Danni Nicholls – Mockingbird Lane
Layla Zoe – Live at The Spirit of 66
Joel Hoekstra’s 13 – Dying To Live
Chantel McGregor – Lose Control
Babajack – Babajack Live
Jar Family – Family First
Craig Finn – Faith In The Future
Buddy Guy – Born To Play Guitar
Delta Deep – Delta Deep
Kaz Hawkins – Get Ready
Groanbox – Groanbox
Jimbo Mathus – Blue Healer
Eddie Martin Big Red Radio- Live in Tuscany
Mike Zito & The Wheel – Keep Coming Back
Connie Lush – Renaissance
AndersonPonty Band – Better Late Than Never
Walter Trout – Battle Scars

Ian Siegal & Jimbo Mathus Tour 2016

Ian Siegal Jimbo Mathus

Ian Siegal & Jimbo Mathus Tour 2016 – UK DATES:

May 17 Worthing – Southern Pavilion
May 18 Havant – Spring Arts Centre
May 19 Leicester – The Musician
May 20 Lowdham – Village Hall
May 21 Selby – Town hall
May 22 Newcastle – The Cluny
May 25 Bristol – The Tunnels
May 26 Stroud – The Convent
May 27 Ottley – Courthouse
May 28 Sheffield – Greystones
May 29 London – The Green Note (two shows)
May 31 Bilston – Robin2
June 01 Cheltenham – Vonnies Blues Club
June 02 Aldershot – West End Arts Centre
June 03 Whitstable – The Duke

CONTINENTAL EUROPE: Austria, Belgium, Germany, Holland, Slovenia. Soon to be announced.

Ian Siegal and Jimbo Mathus On Tour 

A flavour of what to expect from these two masters of blues and roots Americana when they tour the UK and Europe together in 2016

Delighted to say that I will be touring again with Jimbo Mathus in 2016 – a long tour starting in April and finishing in June. The UK end of the tour has been announced, which runs May to June. Shows in Austria, Belgium, Germany, Holland and Slovenia to be announced soon. Will also be releasing an album recorded on the last tour I did with Jimbo. Watch this space for details.

Ian Siegal and Jimbo Mathus will play some 40 shows across Europe in the period 22 April to 4 June 2016. This follows their successful first tour together in 2014. Ahead of touring the duo are releasing a 21-track album recorded during the debut tour.

If your musical preference is a combination of rootsy blues and folk Americana, delivered with irreverent humour and nuggets of folklore, then look no further. This transatlantic duo of multi-award winners ticks all the boxes, combining the talents of Europe’s leading contemporary Bluesman with the Grammy-nominated songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Mississippi.

For devotees of blues and Americana on this side of the Atlantic, Ian Siegal needs no introduction. He’s the eight-times British Blues Awards winner, three-times European Blues Awards winner, and two-times US Blues Music Awards nominee. He’s sung with the prestigious Orchestre National de Jazz in Paris, played in more than 40 countries, and among his latest albums is a BBC recording made at London’s Royal Albert Hall. His accolades include two from MOJO magazine for Best Blues Album of the Year. Ian is the only non-American to achieve this distinction.

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Read what Bluesdoodles said when they toured in 2014 – “Ian, Jimbo and guitars…… musical fun when delivered with confidence, feeling and a twist if that devil magic”.  HERE

CD Review: Gill Landry ~ Gill Landry

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Gill Landry
ATO Records

If I only had three words to describe this album they would be an alliteration of Authentic, Almighty, Americana; luckily I have a few more words so can delve deeper into the artistry that is Gill Landry.

Gill Landry is a multi-instrumentalist and phenomenally talented singer/songwriter who uses every element of his skills in producing an album full of interest with nooks and crannies filled with musical gems. This is his third solo release and he is also a member of the Grand Ole Opry, the foundations of every track are laid solid so that the elements can be built to shape and form a complete sound on this ten track album full of ballads with a twist of country, a dollop of Mexico and a lot of classy phrasing and a story to unfold. These are ballads with texture and have a swampy Americana grainy quality, if grunge did ballads these would fit the bill as both sides of the argument are explored against full organ chords and soaring fiddles as found on Lately Right Now.

Opening with acoustic chords the tune has a jaunty never-may-care feel and then the lyrics, “Everyone is dressed in black / With chrysanthemums and voodoo dolls trying to bring you back / As the lonesome hearse rolls slowly to the graveyard of my mind / Other than that I’m feeling fine” as he explores loss with instrumentation that has a precision not often heard.

Sprinkled among the album are tracks that click including Fennario this has a desperado feel of Tex Mex straddling the borders and equally spicy and at home in Mexico or Texas. We have tears and religious iconography on Emily where the vocals take the centre stage so it is poetry set to music and you pick out more of the powerful imagery with every listening and the yearning heard when he sings, Emily catches your music soul every time the hurt is felt through to your spine. Half way through the album is Take This Body with the vocals of Laura Marling with whom he tours, adding another layer of emotion and texture and the words develop like the album this song is more than “flesh and bones”; within the elegant phrasing, crisp production are emotions that are teased and explored so that the listener becomes emotionally engaged. Closing the album, with Bad Love, we are still mourning lost and grieving but you are left feeling warm with the wonderful vocals and guitar work and the hope of Take Me Home so all is not loss.

This is not and album to listen to once and get the music especially the lyrics, like a pair of new shoes they become more comfortable with every outing and after a few walks are old friends, thus it is with Gill Landry an album that builds with every hearing and once acquainted like old friends will oft be re-visited.

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CD Review: Samantha Fish ~ Wild Heart

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Samantha Fish
Wild Heart
RUF Records

 

This is the album that will definitely place Samantha Fish at the top; she has achieved a double accolade on her third studio album with vocals full of energy and precision in her delivery combined with guitar playing that lifts the roof off and shows this is a woman who relishes being a Wild Heart of the blues. It is a fitting follow-up to Black Wind Howlin’ which we said was “ …a weather vane of sound as the wind changes direction the tonal range shifts”.

The whole album has a vitality and energy that pours out of the speakers brightening up the room where the music cascades this is a feel good album from Sam; who has a natural talent that is fuelled by deft fingers and vocal chords that shape and deliver the song.

Opening with Road Runner; this is no cartoon character but music with a country blues twang that is being delivered by a musician who just has to play her music, powerful chords and impeccable timing, and wild licks starts the Wild Heart a listening experience that continues over the next eleven tracks. The blues women and guitars can trace their lineage back to Rosetta Thorpe; through to the greats of now Bonnie Raitt and Susan Tedeschi and in the U.K. Joanne Shaw Taylor with her searing guitar breaks, and now into the mix is most definitely Sam Fish with her superb slide and cigar box guitar adding a distinctive tonal cadence. Added into the mix is the accomplished band of musicians that she has gathered around her including a rhythm section, Luther Dickinson on Bass & Grammy Award winning drummer Brady Blade, together they combine a rhythmic dexterity that keeps the shape of every style of roots music being delivered on the album.

What sets the album apart from many is that it is so listenable with the combination of vocals that drag every meaning out of the lyrics whether on a cover, a track penned by herself or co-written. from the country rootsy feel of Blame It On The Moon with her vocals howling with a wildness that has to be moon fever; or Go Home a gentle melodic sitting on the porch tale as she sings “Wrapped those secrets around a telephone pole” this is a reflective song on how families and home shape you. Then there are tracks like Turn It Up where the heat is turned up the guitars and vocals wail in a Southern Rock swampy number that gets the adrenalin going; it is a breathtaking number that for me defines the very bluesy greasy groove that is the essence of Samantha Fish’s appeal.
This is a superbly and sensitively produced album, demonstrating what a master Luther Dickinson (north Mississippi All Stars /Black Crowes) is when it comes to understanding what is required in the process of creating an album drenched in the complexity that is music rooted in the fertile musical lexicon that is American roots music. Luther has distilled the essence of Samantha through her pulsating fingers on the frets, lyrical singing resulting in a perfume of musical depth and complexity flowing wild and free from your speakers it is truly on every track a Wild Heart.

What an album… for me the music was… Simply Addictive

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Band
Samantha Fish: Vocals/Guitar
Luther Dickinson: Bass Guitar/Lap Steel/Mandolin/Lead Guitar
Dominic Davis: Bass (Track 8)
Lightnin’ Malcolm: Guitar (Track 6)
Brady Blade: Drums (Tracks 1,2,3,4,5,7,8,9,10,11)
Sharde Thomas: Drums (Tracks 6)
Shontelle Norman-Beatty: Vocals
Sisse Norman: Vocals

Tracks

1. Road Runner (Samantha Fish)
2. Place To Fall (Samantha Fish / Jim McCormick)
3. Blame It On The Moon (Samantha Fish)
4. Highway’s Holding Me Now (Samantha Fish / Jim McCormick)
5. Go Home (Samantha Fish)
6. Jim Lee Blues Pt. 1 ( Charley Paton)
7. Turn It Up (Samantha Fish)
8. Show Me (Samantha Fish / Jim McCormick)
9. Lost Myself (Samantha Fish)
10. Wild Heart (Samantha Fish / Jim McCormick)
11. Bitch On The Run (Samantha Fish / Jim McCormick)
12. I’m In Love With You (Junior Kimbrough)

CD Review: David Philips ~ If I Had Wings

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David Philips
If I Had Wings
Black and Tan Records

 

 

This is an album that captures moods that can be delicate, fleeting and definitely ethereal and distils them gently so that a purity of musical notes ebbs and flows so you can travel on the musical journey David Philips takes you on If I had Wings. David, from the U.K but living in Spain is a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and vocalists who combines his immense talents to produce work that connects with your inner musical being on so many planes. His guitar playing has a tone of warmth a joining together of wire and wood in harmony as he uses the percussive quality of the instrument to underline the lyrics with style. There is a curtailed stripped back approach that leaves nothing unsaid. The second track in you are hooked into the tonal shape of the music and the theme that gently runs through many tracks on If I Had Wings, a spiritual shape with Angel. His abilities are showcased throughout the album giving a vast array of tonal textures and lyrics that just beguile with his acoustic guitar and his voice turning the lyrical poem of Hummingbird into a musical tapestry that makes you cry as he sings “Will a butterfly fly if its wings are wet, will a hummingbird hum if caught in a net…” but leaves you with that tantalizing glance of hope. The following track with its drum intro adds some intensity and urgency to the track Quiet due to the change of approach of the guitar beat that hints at a psychedelic world that spins and turns, the track again has a “not of this world and time” feel about it. That Dirty Road has a harder edge to the acoustic guitar demonstrating this is an album that will just keep surprising you as it refuses to be as singer/songwriter album loosely defined as Folk; we have jazz, Americana who cares what the influences are the whole sound is spiritual, thoughtful and keeps you entranced with the stylish lyrics.
Ending the album with the longest and followed by the shortest David, keeps you listening; Venomous Soul is over twelve minutes long and is a narrative that unfurls itself with a yearning tone to the voice and guitar that just wants to keep this poetry in a musical form. We have the inclusion of saxophone and is not a conforming track which, like much of the album, demonstrates David Phillips ability and willingness to experiment and shape things up so we can cut ties with convention and let the magnificent music flow through and touch our hearts. Above all this is a track of ambitious proportions that the guitar will capture your attention as the strings are manipulated and contorted into the shape that suits the moment. The tempo changes about half way through as it seems the track is ending then the guitar continues at a slow measured tempo and it works, never a note too long or a chord to many, Venomous Soul is full of understated power and control.

The final track of this superbly produced and carefully thought out album is a tender jazz infused three minutes of What Will I Do Without You. If I Had Wings is an album that will remain timeless, one to re-visit and you will catch a phrasing style you haven’t noticed before that hint of Pink Floyd, twist of Zeppelin and styles that can trap a musician David Phillips has a pair of musical wings and wound them all at different times to share with us his musical thoughts.

David Philips’ current album that doesn’t need to be defined by any musical box it is purely exquisite music, beautiful lyrics that touches emotions on so many levels.

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CD Review: Dani Wilde: Songs About You

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Songs About You

Bri-Tone Records

 

 

There is an elegance in both the guitar playing and the vocals and the percussive undertones throughout Songs About You, creating a mood board of musical textures and the songs are relevant to everyone with feelings apparent on fist listening and after listening to on repeat it is indeed a mighty fine album. Every song composed by the multi-talented Dani Wilde and all eleven tracks are strong with lyrics that reflect an emotional connection to circumstances of life.
The opening track Open Road is evocative of a trip with the opening guitar, piano and country twang and then the glories of Dani’s soprano purity as the lyrics unfold full of memories and yearning; this is a track that hooks you in with its jaunty chorus line and the twang of guitar and clear piano notes you just want to hear more.
This is an album where the music and vocals blend to produce a full acoustic sound with layers of tonal contrasts with Dan’s pure bell like quality and the raunchy voice lower down the scale combine with a backing waterfall of tones with the mid-tone of Bethany on cello which for me connects to my music radar every-time. The rhythm section, guitars courtesy of Todd Sharpeville & Stuart Dixon and Rhodes piano effectively add in the layers to create a tonal sculpture of delight as seen on That Ain’t Love.

Fancy something a bit different well track four pleases you as Change is certainly a break in feel and tempo from the beginning of the album, the lyrics just draw you in with some superb drumming with the backing singers adding another layer of interest. Half way through and I was mesmerised by the quality of production every note is played and meshed together to create a whole sound that has the sole purpose of showcasing the talents of Dani and her vocals that are very special they combine a purity and every word is sung so they can be heard and the emphasis is put on certain phrases so that the song makes perfect sense. Flame has the feel of a contemporary twist on a Lieder song it would work as well with just a piano accompaniment; there is a simplicity that can only be created when talent works in harmony.

Begging For Love has a wonderful intro that with Piano and drums has a Latino dance feel and your hips move to the sultry tones and your brain engages with the words and you smile with the cheeky percussion and use of male backing vocals including her brother Will. The closing track is Time and we have a southern country blues riff that meanders like a bayou, this is a perfect end to an album that is such a joy to listen to, want to hear more of the cello guitar and vocals, then make the time to put on replay and listen again, I did.

This is an accomplished album from Dani Wilde reflecting the maturity of the vocalization and the projection of her voice to portray the emotion and feeling of the song and connects to the listener’s inner soul, while still keeping that skillful finger touch that makes her six-strings resonate in harmony this is undoubtedly a powerful album.

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Tracks
All songs composed by Dani Wilde
1. Open Road
2. Change Your Mind
3. That Ain’t Love
4. Change
5. Loving You
6. Flame
7. Cruel World
8. Begging For Love
9. Diamond In The Dark
10. Let Me Be Your Sunshine
11.Time

Band

Dani Wilde: Lead Vocals, Acoustic Guitar and Backing Vocals
Stuart Dixon: Electric Guitar, and Acoustic Guitar on Tracks 3 and 9
Roger Inniss: Bass Guitar and Upright Bass
Janos Barrista: Piano
Gregory Coulson: Rhodes and Organ
Fergus Gerrand: Drums and Percussion
Bethany Porter: Cello
Todd Sharpville: Acoustic Lead Guitar on Track 3
Backing Vocals: Katey Brooks
Ross Alexander
Will Wilde

 

Produced, Mixed and Mastered by Stuart Dixon at Platform Studio