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Rather more than a slab of Blues/Rock, this is the debut from Ash Wilson and I must admit it hits parts that I really wasn’t expecting.
Ash has put together a tasty band with Roger Innes on bass joining from Laurence Harvey, Bob Fridzema on keys, loaned from King King and brother Phil on drums – also stolen from the Laurence Jones band.
The music crosses so many different genres that it difficult to keep up sometimes but all the way his vocals are strong and subtle and his guitar leads with style and some stirring solos.
If you want pigeon holes you would have to talk about Robin Trower, Phillip Sayce, Popa Chubby, Aynsley Lister but he is a lot more than those comparisons and co-writing the songs with brother Phil he has been able to structure the music to show him off in the best way.
Bob Fridzema’s keyboards throughout enable the music to spread out and allows the listener to change focus from time to time – he is a crucial part of King King and his playing here show just why.
Right out of the gate with ‘Show Me How To Love You’ he fires out some stirring lines, Phil’s drums pounding in the back and then the vocals chiming out with a strong sense of rock & funk. The song has the feel of a classic Blues but certainly doesn’t sound like a traditional 12 bar. He takes on the media with ‘World’s Gone Crazy’, berating them for the constant promotion of mediocre LCD pap in the face of a world going down in a tight spiral.
‘Words Of A Woman’ is a beautiful and moving number – he is singing about the breakup of a relationship from an external view of the husband leaving to join his new girlfriend – a classic theme but really hitting home how the innocent is affected by things outside her control.
The most ‘Blues’ number on the album is ‘The Hitcher’ which features Jesse Davey from The Hoax; a real driving number, softer than a lot of the other numbers but striking and with real beauty in the playing.
There isn’t a weak number here but for me the real monster is the least obvious; ‘Holding Hands’ is just an emotional ride, beautifully played but pleading and heartfelt as he talks about the feelings of returning to an old and broken relationship. His vocals are all about asking and not telling, wide open and hoping ofr the best but accepting the past. A chilling way to finish the album.
Not what I expected but a great album and I’d love to see these tracks played live.Share