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MARSHALL OKELL - SIPPING ON ROCKET FUEL - ALBUM REVIEW

RHYTHM SECTION | Release Date: September 2015




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Marshall Okell looks like a cool French renegade on the picture on the promo and inside the new CD, there’s just something about the pose and Gallic expression on his face that shrieks foreign cool. Thankfully the rock-mojo-blues aficionado grew up closer to home on the NSW North Coast and this, his fourth album, was recorded in his home town of Byron Bay.


It’s a great big Bluesy affair that is sure to touch the soul of a good few listeners who appreciate the chug of a Blues guitar and a voice that intones many of the greats of the genre but sits somewhere between Billy Gibbons and Jimi Hendrix to our ears!


Album number four indeed brings that great big Blues boogie that captures a huge dirty blues sound from the off with the sliding ‘Amsterdam’ spilling into the Hendrixy ‘Spill My Spice’ (what a cool tongue-in-cheek title). It’s a great start to what is an immensely satisfying album.
As you dig deeper you are further rewarded by the likes of the uber-fun of ‘I’ll Do Anything’; the funky, swampy, cool of ‘Road Warrior’ and the stripped back blues of ‘Blue Lagoon’.


It’s a great ride that doesn’t stop giving and by the time we hit midway with ‘Devil’s Out’ you’ll be hooked.


The second half of the album just cements the feeling of quality and the freedom of the song-writing, always voice driven, always cheeky, always real.


The title track itself is surprisingly low-key and mellow despite the incendiary title; it just makes you wonder when the explosion will come. ‘Feel the Pinch’ ups the tempo, and lyrically it’s almost as if the sipping is taking effect before the Texan blues ‘Tell Me’ kicks in nicely.   
The album closes with the one-two hit of ‘Spartan Dreaming’ and ‘Carry on Carry on’: the former’s countrified Allmanesque swing whips you into shape whilst the closer looms over you as its plays out its atmospheric tale of woe unlike anything else here, far grander and bigger and totally satisfying.


Australia has another great Blues act to add to its list, but we imagine those of you in the know already knew that…   

 

 

by Mark Rockpit

 

 


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