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CD DIESEL LET IT FLY REVIEW

DIESEL

LET IT FLY

2013

 

 

 

DIESEL LETS IT FLY

 

 

Diesel described his first solo album since 2008 as as “my life’s work so far brought to fruition, in many ways. It’s pretty encompassing” and he’s not far off the mark, but really that only tells part of the story. ‘Let it Fly’ as the title might suggest brings together some stylistically varied songs: sure there’s a smattering of blues, some real fun (Tracks like ‘Sound of Guitar’) and some really pivotal moments like closer ‘The Miles’. In between there’s Bluegrass and a dabbling with Country, great strings and some relentless banjo. At times the album feels like a sketchbook, at others it’s fully resolved and that perhaps belies the slightly chaotic process of its creation. (Check back for our interview with Diesel later in the week).

 

 

‘Moneymaker’ is a safe enough way to start treading, as it does, a bluesy and rather direct route that will be instantly familiar before ‘By Your Throne’ clicks in with a Claude Hay-like ramble with Diesel’s banjo taking the lead. it’s invigorating rootsy stuff that succeeds because it strips back the layers without seeming at all self-conscious. From thereon in it’s an absorbing ride.

 

 

Diesels’ strengths of course are his hooks and his voice, and there’s a smoothness that makes genre-switching far more comfortable than it might have been from someone without so many years under the belt. We get straight-forward gentle breeze in the hair grooves like ‘One Phone Call’ against the Country twang of ‘Cupid’s Embrace’ and in truth it all seems so natural.

 

 

Of the stand-outs ‘Last Shower’, with some great strings by Canadian Tim Chaisson, lightens the mood to bring dreamy Americana-pop to the table. The duet ‘If You Let Me Give’ with daughter Lila also works rather well. If you’re looking for a Diesel collection that tempers the Rock with some intriguing slight left-turns then this is, dare we say it, possibly Diesel’s most balanced album yet.

 

 

After hammering this in the car over the weekend it’s hard to pick a real favourite, but as we said ‘Last Shower’ comes close, but it’s tracks like the Americana meets West Coast ‘No Time Tonight’, the contemplative ’Navigate’ and our pick to slay it live: ‘The Miles’ that hit the real heights.

 

 

Catch Diesel on tour across Australia in October and November to see what all the fuss is about.    

 

 

 

Mark Diggins

 

CD DIESEL LET IT FLY REVIEW 2013