Garner - Love Vs. Blues (Independent)
by Ricardo Jan 2006
nice mellow jazzy blues record that manages to avoid being bland
and which throws up some decent songwriting along with Paul's undoubtedly
impressive guitar work.
up by his high quality, fellow Kiwi bandmates, Paul pulls off an
impressive selection of blues grooves. The songwriting's maybe in
the early Robert Cray mould - especially evident
on 'Blue Monday Light' which owes a bit to Cray musically too. There
are hints of Mose Allison and some flavourings of early George Benson
too, especially when the band get locked in some of the classily
and subtle organ work, which is outstanding throughout.
Overall it's easy on the ear, but far from being 'easy listening'
- whilst far from being a blues shouter, Paul's vocals have an edge
to them which keep things interesting and, though the band are clearly
all excellent musicians this is no slick-session-guy-romp-though.
It does sound like they were all having a good time making it.
The final word has to go to Paul's guitar effort though. He's got
chops. He's also got taste and style and dynamism and invention.
Although clearly steeped in a wide range of styles he manages to
distill a cliche - free sound that's all his own. Good work fella!
CD available to buy from various sources, including i-tunes - check
through Paul's website for more details: www.paul-garner.com