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THE MAGIC LIGHTNIN' BOYS - ALBUM REVIEW

SELF RELEASED | Release Date: out Now 2015

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You know when something is so right and yet there’s just that one thing that bugs you about it? Not that it detracts from the record in any way it just seems… well damn odd. On to that shortly; first things first – this is a helluva album, though at just seven tracks it certainly leaves you wanting more.


Throughout this Magic Lightning Boys release the biggest and boldest vibe you feel is a real understanding Blues through the ages – at times, and this is about the greatest compliment I can pay, you feel this could almost be Hendrix, or SRV or ZZ Top or Joe Cocker . Sure there are other influences in there more Jam Band, Rootsy stuff, but the overwhelming feel is of music from another time, when things were simpler and playing it from the heart really mattered.  


Ok let’s get it out of the way then… musically the ‘odd man out’ here is opener ‘Mindfunk’ which as the title suggests is Funk, damned good Funk mind you, but just so out of place stylistically from the rest of the album you just hope other reviewers press on and find the real magic. If it were me a more fitting and impressive place would have been to place it at the end of the record where it would open up a host of questions about what might come next. As it is you get a single slice of Funk followed by a whole slab of Rock which I must admit confused me at first listen – I mean why put on that Funk masterclass upfront then forget about it entirely for the rest of the record?.


Thankfully the album is sensational, and even though I’m obsessing about the tracklisting its just because I care, and you will too.


Check out ‘Sucker Punch’ and tell me you’re not moved by the swampy Southern swing of the music and the heartfelt lyrics. It’s a song that only hints at what’s to come but as a contrast to the opener takes it right back to the roots of  it all with that cascading slide guitar and incessant bassline. And if you’re impressed by that one then ‘Broken Dream’ that follows will have you reaching for those Hendrix comparisons through the miasma of harp and Southern harmony. It’s as much the vocal as the guitar that speaks to us.


‘Gone’ takes us back to Swamp Blues via a strangely hypnotic proto-Hendrix riff and a vocal and guitar that shimmer and sear and burn before bursting into flame. It’s a powerful song that seems like it wants to burst out of the constraint of the backline as it approaches the chorus. This is the sort of power that makes you believe in what these guys are doing. The oddly-named ‘Devil’s Lettuce’ (I’m sure some readers will be familiar with that term) that follows keeps up the urgency but takes a straighter Blues route, seemingly via ZZ Top, for me though it’s the sweeping beautiful resonance of ‘Couple Skate’ that shows the real class of this band and truly moves me with that deistinctive 70’s taste. Hendrix comes back to mind for the instrumental ‘Stones Throw’ which is almost like an essay on Voodoo Chile, that keeps the intent and leads us down another equally refreshing path.  


Man this was just what we needed… a truly beautiful album.

 

 

by Mark Rockpit

 

 


 

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