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GRAHAM GREENE DOWN DEVILS ROAD ALBUM REVIEW 2015

GRAHAM GREENE - DOWN DEVIL'S ROAD

Available from: www.grahamgreen.com.au | Release Date: May 2015

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For someone who has always had an affinity for classical music I always wondered why I was never particularly taken by instrumental rock albums? In fact it’s only really recently that I’ve come to appreciate the form after someone sent me a bunch of Satriani albums prior to interviewing the great man. Sure I appreciate artists like Gabriella y Rodrigo and older artists like The Shadows, Duane Eddy and many instrumental artists from the world of Blues, and of course Coltrane… but to me Rock was always – drums, bass, vocals and guitar.


The great thing about life of course is that you get to change your mind about things, and on ‘Down Devil’s Road’ Graham Greene is so damned persistent and persuasive. 


There’s a feeling of travel and flight about opening track ‘Show Me the Money’ with its soaring guitar backed on a glossy funky relief, especially as it dabbles with a few vaguely Mid-Eastern notes towards the end. It’s a nice contrast to the laid back funk of ‘The Elegant Savage’ before we head ‘Down Devils Road’ for a Bluesy meander, with a nice touch of brooding menace.   


It’s a great start to the journey, but for us its tracks from the meat of the album like ‘Bobbo’s Café’ with its laid back groove and free-flowing fingers and ‘Sprit Fingers’ with its piano intro that gives way to a persistent rocking riff that really flies out of the speakers.


Rock, Funk, Blues, Metal and Jazz it’s all here, and Greene does it all without making the transitions through the styles he explores at all jarring. It’s a journey through life punctuated by contrasting themes that evoke moods and colour perceptions as you listen. Like all the best albums it’s one you can dip into, but it really is one best served up from start to finish.


If you love your blues check out the comfort the almost horizontal ‘Chicken Soup for the Soul’ brings. If you like rock then the odd-track out, in that it feature’s the vocals of Donna Green ‘Hand on the Handle’ is a wonderful Bluesy take on hard rock with a tantalizing solo that burns brightly and briefly. For us though, the pinnacle is either the uplifting and cinematic and upbeat ‘Race to the Eastern Sea’ or the Bluesy ‘Lord of Misrule’ that closes.


If you love instrumental rock by the likes of Joe Satriani and Steve Vai with a little Steve Morse and Vinny Moore rubbed into the meat then check out Graham Greene – it’s great to know we have someone of World Class right on our doorstep. Mr. Greene should be very proud of this album, we’re certainly grateful he sent it this way.

 

 



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