The first couple of tracks didn’t inspire straight away, but his ‘On The Beach’ album is still to this date one of my favourites so I felt there must be some magic to come. It took a little while, but once tracks like ‘Electric Guitar’ and ‘Money’, with their early ZZTop rhythms and ‘Lose My Heart In You’ with its melifluous Tom Waits-style melodies came along, it was obvious that he could still deliver.
It’s not a get-up-and-go album so much as an album to sit back and drink good whisky to. It’s polished, enjoyable, relaxing and, as it says on the tin, is down-and-out good quality blues for those times when the doctor prescribes a dark room with bucketfuls of mellow thoughts and some tapping feet.
The weaker opening tracks prevent me from giving the album a full five stars, but overall, it’s a big thumbs-up for this latest offering from Chris Rea
Santo Spirito Blues