An admirable effort from one among Canada’s most interesting lacks lustre with no full band sound.
Graham Brown is a seasoned musician. He has established a fame as one among Canada’s most interesting electrical guitarists whereas fronting his band. ‘Spirit and Soul’ was reviewed favourably right here in 2021 as “an album of high-quality music that by no means fails to seize your curiosity.”
For album 13, he places down his Telecaster and goes it alone. Invoice Buckingham continues within the manufacturing position. It seems to be an admirable however lonely furrow he’s ploughing. In an interview with Roots Music Canada, they describe the tracks as utilising simply his classic acoustic guitars, with harmonica added at any time when crucial which in actuality means harmonica on each one of many twelve tracks. This will turn into repetitive, as can “Ooh” sung in six of them.
The tracks clearly imply one thing to Brown, they usually’ll undoubtedly imply one thing to the folks he’s writing about. Curiosity is aroused within the opening monitor ‘You Are the Stars’ once you hear Brown’s guitar taking part in for the primary time. ‘Pendulum’ has an nearly defiant Billy Bragg really feel to it, and the tracks in reward of his father (‘Fortunate’) and mom (‘Mercy Please’) are heartfelt.
It’s true too that there’s some positive solo acoustic guitar taking part in. However with out his band, the music loses its edge. Brown says he’s written some rocking band songs and people can be on the subsequent band report. That ought to work.