January 22, 2014

Blues Rock Review

Mark Wigston

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Far As I Can See

A soulfully blue release tinged with a delicious groove is the gift that guitarist/singer/songwriter Matt Schofield has given to the blues world with his latest release, Far As I Can See.  11 golden tracks make up the album, complete with swirling B3, killer drums, and fat bass that support Schofield’s melodic guitar playing.

The supporting cast deserves recognition for creating a pocket that feels absolutely wonderful, and makes Schofield’s job a bit easier.  But then again, Schofield is a force to be reckoned with.  His guitar tone is somewhat similar to Derek Trucks, but his playing is more heavily rooted in the blues than Trucks.  The album certainly has a British invasion feel to it, but Schofield makes sure that his band isn’t simply another British blues band.  Schofield’s voice is solid, and his songs are well-crafted, but the best part of the album is the groove.  The band makes music that feels good, plain and simple.

Among the highlights are a gorgeous blues ballad in “The Day You Left,” a Maceo Parker inspired funk tune in “Hindsight,” and a tune in a class all by itself in “Red Dragon.”  That being said, these tunes are all well-written and well-played; there isn’t a weak one on the record.

This album is a real treat for any fan of not only the blues, but any groove-based music.  From the funk to the ballads to the straight-ahead blues to the shuffles, this record just feels so darn good.

The Review: 9/10

Can’t Miss Tracks

– The Day You Left
– Hindsight
– Tell Me Some Lies
– Red Dragon

The Big Hit

– Tell Me Some Lies

 

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