Chris Wilson is not a terribly distinctive name, so it would have been easy for me to overlook the message about the new album from this artist. However, my interest was piqued when I saw that he is the frontman for The Flamin' Groovies and that two of his Flamin' Groovies bandmates join him on the album. I will tell you this. This isn't exactly like a Groovies album, but it has a lot of what's good about that band.
This album definitely has a classic rock feel to it. However, Wilson doesn't go for a 60s garage feel. Frankly he goes more toward the storytelling and songwriting qualities you find in the music of John Mellencamp and Bruce Springsteen. He tells a good story and he does it with a fair amount of grit. It's hard to listen to songs like "Heart in Her Hand" without thinking about artists like Mellencamp and Springsteen. It also brings to mind a band I heard recently: Pat Todd and the Rankoutsiders.
"Sweet Anne" reminds me a lot of The Flying Burrito Brothers. It has a beautiful melody, good harmonies, and a touch of that spacy Bakersfield sound.
Wilson throws a curveball with "Bad Dreams." This is a psychedelic song that - much like some of George Harrison's music - sounds like it has some Indian influence.
If you're looking for something that sounds just like The Flamin' Groovies, you might be a little disappointed. Or maybe you won't. After all, this album is filled with good songs and good sounds. It is a classic-rock album that just happens to be modern. Whether or not you're a fan of The Flamin' Groovies, this album will fit right into your collection if you are a fan of classic rock. It's Flamin' Groovy will be available on 14 January.
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