The Blues Messengers

Uncut

(Styx Records)

This act comprises ‘Sir’ Oliver Mally, Alex Meik and Peter Müller. Guitar, stand-up bass and drums and a relaxed feel as starting cut Devil’s Gone Fishing rolls in on an Al Green groove. The guitar is fluid and not flashy, the vocal throaty and unhurried. A tempo change here and there keeps the interest going. Sounds a tad Matt Schofield to these ears and if you dig him, please try these cats.

Made Up My Mind is a Jimmy Reed style outing. Constant Natural High is thankfully more sprightly even if totally traditional. Drivin’ Blues is moodier, like a cheesed-off Lightning Hopkins and the singing is as you’d expect. 21st Century Blues is more interesting in its lyric which has some bite and nods to John Prine. The guitar sounds more inspired here and I would count this as a winner.

Life’s A Wonder is altogether gently and shows off the bass, with brush drumming. It’s half-pace Mose Allison and might have been a lot better as a slide guitar tune. Back With A Bang has a Peter Gunn tempo and you almost expect Rory G to start singing. Sounds like Oliver has switched to electric guitar.

Tumblin’ is a sure-footed Muddy-tinged song whilst Honeytrap uses a soft intro to build an atmosphere but the tempo drags. Turn The Ship Around goes boogie with rimshot drumming, misses some harp though. Brave Enough completes the programme with a pretty and whimsical setting and the best singing on the set, like a deeper Gene Clark.

Sensitive musicians at their most interesting when leaning away from The Blues, on this showing.

Pete Sargeant

 



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The Blues Messengers new album 'Uncut' is out now on Styx Records.

For more information and to purchase the album visit the record label website here: http://bit.ly/2QCV8n3