CD Review: Walter Trout ~ Battle Scars

Scan0006Walter Trout
Battle Scars
Provogue/Mascot Label Group

Walter Trout’s, Battle Scars is an album that narrates a journey few have been on and even less people have reached the other side, no wonder the album is dark, heartfelt and uplifting it is stunning in every dimension. The album opens with a slow darkly intense number Almost Gone. The swampy music is laden with impending doom, is reflective with lyrics redolent with emotion and the melody guitar driven that has the urgency running deep with impending doom. The guitar gains vigour and the drum beats out the rhythm on Omaha as Walter sings “Give me your hand…” the story unfolds and the listener is immersed in the story – if this was a book it would be a gripping page turner, the advantage of a music led narrative you are slowed down by the pace of the beat and the length of each track be patient enjoy the blues and wait for the next chapter. Half way through and a slow urban driven blues number that is drenched in fear and sorrow Take Me Home is a heart wrenching blues ballad that is perfectly formed. The beat picks up as we are held way through with a new urgency a feeling of positivity is creeping in Playin’ Hideway and again it is the lyrics and guitar that dominates and works so well. Every track has an emotional driver that the guitar takes a slower swampy vibe, Haunted by the Night you feel in a dark place as the Devil of blues music is interspersed through the lyrics as Walter sings “I am too tired to fight, darkness all round me…” and then the electric energy of Fly Away with some scorching guitar licks. A switch to acoustic guitar and a number sung directly to you and Walter’s voice is full of power and gratitude Gonna Live Again and the story is almost told. Closing the album with his voice on Sammy Sammy for a few seconds Walter Trout is back producing wonderful music.

Walter Trout’s guitar playing is sublime the lyrics drenched in personal experience giving them power through authenticity. This is an album that captures, telling a story in best blues tradition and the glimmer of hope grows as Battle Scars progress. Compelling listening that will stand the test of time reflecting the battle won as Walter didn’t die last year and Battle Scars is a testimony of the journey Walter, Marie and his family have been on; changing them forever.

Bluesdoodles gives this CD TEN pawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN ….

Track Listing

1. Almost Gone
2. Omaha Prelude
3. Omaha
4. Tomorrow Seems Far Away
5. Please Take Me Home
6. Playin’ Hideaway
7. Haunted By The Night
8. Fly Away
9. Move On
10. My Ship Came In
11. Cold, Cold Ground
12. Gonna Live Again
13. Sammy, Sammy

Walter is touring the U.K. during November
UK Dates

Tues 17 November – Stockton, Arc
Weds 18 November – Glasgow, ABC
Fri 20 November – Holmfirth, Picturedrome
Sat 21 November – London, Forum
Tues 24 November – Leamington, Assembly
Weds 25 November – Frome, Cheese & Grain

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