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CD Tyla J Pallas Devils Supper (Electric Sitting) review






JULY 2013






After revisiting one of the Dogs D’Amour classic albums ‘Graveyard of Empty Bottles’ and touring with the original line up of the band the next stop for our favourite troubadour is to get back to making some more original music. Preceded by a series of acoustic sessions earlier in the year, this release: ‘Devil’s Supper (Electric Sitting)’ finds Tyla back at the height of his powers. Quite bluntly it could well be one of his very best yet.




 Tyla J Pallas - Green Eyed Girl



Opening track ‘Love Is’ begins like a song by The Faces before Tyla’s enigmatic croon seeps in, it’s a song very reminiscent of his band The Dogs D’Amour, with trademark lilting guitar, low key and gentle. But it’s the addition of horns that manages to elevates it to another level entirely. It’s a song that stops you in your tracks; it’s a song that has that certain something that just makes you feel alive.



‘Long Shadows’ that follows has more swagger and a wonderful guitar sound, with a cutting gravelly vocal a great melody and on an album of amazing consistency it’s a darker counterpoint to what follows. ‘It Ain’t Over Yet’ smoulders and struts far more convincingly than the acoustic demo. It creeps up on you like a dark blues before it’s broken down over cascading guitars and insistent keys to create something with a subdued power of its own, poured over the ice of brooding rock and roll guitar. It leaves a taste of Johnny Thunders in your mouth too, which can only be a good thing.





‘Green Eyed Girl’ does surprisingly have an essence of Van Morrison’s other coloured eyed girl in the build-up, and again the addition of horns following the vocal accentuate the song rather than detract. It’s a song that smells of summer, gently paced with a cascading trumpet (? – never was any good on identifying my brass). Wonderful.    



The further you dig into the album the greater the anticipation, and it’s on ‘All Alone (Without Me and You)’ (another song we heard on the acoustic sitting)  that you get another taste of The Dogs, this time the feeling of the ‘Graveyard’ album immediately comes to mind, this time complimented with strings.  It’s the smoky barroom slide guitar and stripped back drum sound of ‘Judas Christ’ that gives us another welcome angle to enjoy. Laid upon a great riff this is as good as rock music gets, you can imagine the humidity dripping off the walls of a smoky bar on a deep dark night, buried deep in a bleak city street somewhere as this one pulls itself through the speakers and into your room.



‘The Meaning of Fortune and Fame’ is one of my personal favourites here, though it’s quite a laid back affair, there an essence of ‘Sympathy For the Devil’ about it and the way it builds and brings the hairs up on the back of your neck. Like all the best songs it just manages to deliver that indefinable something and the more you listen the more you’ll love it.



‘Yeah (I Love You Baby)’ was one of the highlights of the acoustic sessions and is essentially a traditional blues made to rock out to in the live setting. It’s proof that sometimes the simplest songs are often the most effective. The song that follows: ‘In Another Life’ is pure raw rock and roll and another song that draws you in completely. On an album with some great and memorable lyrics, this is one of my favourites. ‘That Someone’ has an immediate almost pop-like quality to it, amid the fuzzy guitar, while ‘Home’ on the other hand is pure Dogs D’Amour with an almost ‘Errol Flynn’ like swing to it. ‘Religion’ takes things the other way, a blues-drenched contemplation, this time on everyone’s favourite subject after politics.   



There’s nothing quite as satisfying though as when Tyla takes on a subject close to his heart and on the ‘Ode to Jackie Leven’; a name that may not be familiar to some readers (he was vocalist and guitarist for London based seventies rockers Doll by Doll as well as a solo artist with a catalogue worth checking out) he creates something truly wonderful, laden as it is with horns and strings. It’s the perfect end to what is quite frankly stunning.



This is an album of great texture and depth, packed with songs that could well be some of the finest Tyla has ever written.



I’ve always loved that Tyla has often treated us to acoustic versions of his songs before giving us the electric versions and here those songs from the acoustic sessions are transformed. It’s like gaining an insight into the work of a skilled artisan, who crafts and hones his work into things of even greater beauty. On Devil’s Supper we are treated to an album of great songs, elevated especially by the quite wonderful addition of strings and horns. Like I said this could well be one of his best yet. It’s an album that I’m sure we will be looking back on in years to some as one of the finest examples of his craft.



I recommend this to anyone who has a heart and soul touched by with rock and roll.






available worldwide on 24 June from all digital download outlets and on 7'' green vinyl on July 8th.



deluxe vesrions of the new album with original artwork are available from





Mark Diggins


CD Tyla J Pallas Devils Supper (Electric Sitting) review 2013