Martin - Play The Blues With Feeling (Independent)
by G.P Throat, Jan 2006
Martin is a well traveled bluesman who has seen it all and done
most of it too! Which is quite evident on this, his 8th
album. His playing, both guitar and harmonica, is consistently at
the top level, and his vocals are as believable as a white man singing
the blues can be.
However, his styling is a little unfocussed. Ranging from upbeat
opener 'Someone's’ Making Money', through the Country / Delta
feel of 'My Black Mama' to the almost Ska-swing of Bubble Blues.
I found it a little inconsistent and was left with the impression
that Eddie didn't really know where to go with the album. But I'm
sure that for some listeners, it will be a refreshing change to
hear an album that encompasses so many forms of the blues and pulls
the performances off along with it.
High points are the title track, a gritty blues growler echoing
Muddy Waters complete with a great slide sound
that Mr Morganfield would have been proud of himself.
And the Instrumental closer 'Bone Shaker', which has some really
nice harp and slide hooks within an interesting loose groove.
All in all Eddie does exactly what it says on his tin, or in this
case his album cover. 48minutes of Blues... with feeling.
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