What does it sound like?:
This is an artist new to me – he’s a Spanish composer and multi-instrumentalist, and this is his third solo album. I’ve gone back and had a little listen to his two previous efforts plus his work with his former band The Sunday Drivers. These seem to have had a quite traditional blues rock sound, dominated by his Hammond playing, which is very much to the forefront. On this new set, he seems to have tried to broaden his approach and move away from that sound somewhat, although it’s still very much in evidence on a number of tracks. Others, though, incorporate aspects of jazz, a little light prog, funk and even a bit of country – so this is quite a diverse set. The foundations, however, both instrumentally and vocally, are still very much rooted in a seventies rock and soul sound. It’s perfectly good listening without being earth shattering, something to maybe have playing as a background sound.
What does it all *mean*?
Maeso has obviously tried to develop and progress his sound with each release. He’s a talented guy and no doubt will continue to have success in mainland Europe, and especially in his homeland. However, I don’t think this will be the record to break him in the UK, much as that recognition might be deserved. In an age where so much music is readily available and vying for our limited attention, it just doesn’t have quite enough of that X factor to make it stand out from the crowd.
Goes well with…
Tapas and San Miguel on a hot summer night.
Might suit people who like…
Traffic, JJ Cale, Joe Cocker, 461 era Clapton.