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CD THE WINERY DOGS THE WINERY DOGS review

THE WINERY DOGS

THE WINERY DOGS

2013

 

ONE FROM THE SOUL

 

 

Wow! This has blues, this has soul and this has melody in spades. Driven along by Sheehan’s incessant groove ‘Elevate’ rips you to shreds before the huge chorus lifts you up again and that’s just the opener.

 

 


For those who aren’t aware THE WINERY DOGS, is the new power trio featuring rock veterans Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater, Avenged Sevenfold), Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big) and Richie Kotzen (Mr. Big, Poison.  Here they have created something special. ‘Desire’ is a song that has so much groove it almost falls over backwards and Kotzen’s voice is what really strikes you most of all as the album wears on. I mean we all know these guys can play right!

 

 


Coming across like Mr. Big with a Hagar-led Van Halen fetish and a load of blues and soul that at times reminds you of the unholy union of Paul Rodgers and Robert Palmer; it’s an album dripping in cool, without sounding too self-conscious.

 

 


Listen to ‘I’m No Angel’ or the treacle-thick groove of ‘Not Hopeless’ and tell us that this isn’t a band that understands that great music is timeless and that both instruments and voice have emotion. There’s a real feeling of freedom here like this music has been created in wide open spaces as it conveys landscapes rather than architecture.

 

 


At the rockier end of proceedings songs like ‘The Other Side’ sweep across you giving you meat with the potatoes. ‘Six Feet Deeper’ is perhaps even better and one of our very favourites, it’s irresistible.
‘You Saved Me’ the album’s first slower number is surprisingly the first track that doesn’t really convince you, and ‘Damaged’ a song in a similar vein, while better just doesn’t have that ingredient ‘x’ to light up the soul. On the other hand the Southern-tinged groove of ‘One More Time’ feels altogether more comfortable.

 

 


The album closes in some real style with ‘Time Machine’ setting you up as the groove glides from the speakers, it’s a song that is at once forceful and deeply melodic, and the sun seems to seep out through the clouds as it takes hold. ‘The Dying’ the penultimate track here takes things down a notch and has one of the most soulful vocals on the album, Kotzen just nails it and if anything it’s the track here that really sells it, with a beautiful swelling build to a stunning chorus and solo. The wash of keys that opens closing track ‘Regret’ another slower number, builds to a real tour de force that you have to turn up the dial for. So much promise!

 

 


If you want some ‘real’ music, it’s here.    
  

 

 

 

Mark Diggins

 

THE WINERY DOGS THE WINERY DOGS ALBUM REVIEW 2013