What does it sound like?:
We aren’t yet at the end of January 2017 and here is a very fine guitar rock album to stimulate our ear-holes. That’s right, a very fine guitar rock album.
It begins with two solid gut-punches, Cowboy and It’s How I Feel (Free); screaming vocals, squealing guitar, oil drum floor toms, bass strings as thick as rope. These songs are tight and vigorous. The guitar solos are succinct and to-the-point. Daniel Leopold, the songwriter, singer and guitarist spent his childhood in Detroit and has garage rock in his bones. However, this isn’t just meat and potatoes. There are subtleties, pauses and spaces, allowing the music to breathe.
By I’m Caving In, we are into a blues rock. Waves (Golden), with its big chorus, is acutely commercial. Ride brings out the acoustic and the plaintive longing. Saturday is raucous and heavy. My favourite is Better Off Alone, a lovely pleading blues, featuring a Billy Preston style organ. After that, there’s still time for an existential, introspective strum, a horn-driven knees-up and an almost unrecognisable, downright demanding Dylan cover. Ten tracks, forty minutes. Great stuff.
In fact, Leopold And His Fiction began as a folk » Continue Reading.