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CD WOLF MAIL ABOVE THE INFLUENCE REVIEW

WOLF MAIL

ABOVE THE INFLUENCE

2013

 

 

ONE MORE FOR THE ROAD...

 

 

We love a bit of Blues at the Rockpit and Canadian-born Wolf Mail produces the kind that is earthy, raucous, raw and let suitably reverent to the ghosts and greats. This is smoky bar-room stuff that Messrs.’ Hooker and James would be proud: both of whom Wolf Mail has professed his devotion for in the past.

 


27 years of travelling the world shows in these grooves, and both his distinctive vocal and guitar style come together wonderfully on this his sixth studio outing.

 


The album itself is a vigorous affair, starting with the catchy ‘You Move Me’ and closing with a roaring ‘Run’. In-between we get a couple of choice cover in Buddy Guy's ‘Damn Right, I've Got the Blues’ and Topper Price's ‘Long Way from Home’; but the self-penned songs stand up for themselves more than adequately.

 


Best of the bunch? It’s a tough ask on such a consistent album, but the slide of ‘Good News’; the slow swagger of ‘Undone’; the sheer class of the opening and closing tracks and the wonderful ‘Rusky Groove’ all stand out.

 


This is cool stuff from a name you might not have heard before who is now living downunder.  

 

 

Mark Diggins

 

CD WOLF MAIL ABOVE THE INFLUENCE REVIEW 2013