Site Meter

May 16, 2008

Oli Brown's "Open Road" Review



First off, I'm going to say that I've seen Oli and his band play twice so far, once as support for Devon Allman's Honeytribe and once as headliners, showcasing this album. Both times I walked away knowing that I'd seen something special. This is a band worth following.

For the guitarists amongst you, here is what you need to know:

The boy has tone.

...and he's not afraid to use it!

And he's so frikkin' young and talented it's enough to make you hang up your guitar, lock yourself in the bathroom and cry for your Mommy. If that's not bad enough, at 18 years old he's got himself a damn fine blues voice.

And he writes his own stuff.

And he has a record deal.

At this point I know you're dying for me to say something like 'he's good, but y'know, all he plays is pentatonics so he's got a long way to go...'

Not so. He plays all over the frikkin' place. Just when you think he's going to do one thing he hits a colour note then tears off in another direction.

And... and...

And I haven't even got round to reviewing the CD!

"Open Road" is definitely a strong debut album. If I had to mark it down for any reason (and I'm totally nit-picking here!) it would be that I think a couple of the tracks could have been arranged more like their live performance. Onstage, the band consistently sizzles but at times the recorded tracks veer more towards a jazzier vibe.

The biggest example is the album cut of "New Groove". Played live it's an edgy, funky, balls to the wall song. On the CD it's a much more laid back. I'd have preferred them to push the tempo and add a bit more snap. In general the drums have been mixed further into the background than I expected, I guess. I get why: so that you can hear every note Oli's plays. I'm sure that I'll get used to the different mix of the recordings and love them after a couple of listens.

Hey I just listened to "New Groove" for the second time and already I'm starting to feel it more. See, I told you I was nit-picking! Y'know I just figured out what the deal is. The album is meant to be played LOUD! Amps to 11, puh-lease!

If you like blues with a twist, buy this album. You will not believe that this sound is created by a bunch of guys who are only just over the UK legal drinking age.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

I looked on youtube, *stunned* C.D is now on my wish list :0)



Hippy mama

Kenski said...

If you ever get to see them play life then do go along. It's blues, but there's a joyousness and character to the performance that's infectious. The kid's got the chops and loves to stand up and do his thing. It's always great to see a performer who clearly loves doing what he does and who tries to connect to the audience.

Anonymous said...

Oli is not only young, he has a long way to go and is going on a tour to america tomorrow. I love him - literally! I am a regular at his gigs in surrey i wish he could just see that i love him!
he is sooooo fit!
x

Anonymous said...

download windows xp sp2 activation crack
spy cleaner gold crack
flash 5 serial crack
f secure mobile antivirus keygen
aldos pianito 3.1 crack




earth 2160 crack
verilogger pro crack
cutehtml pro crack
exceed v10 crack
the simpsons warez
sid pirates cd key crack
microsoft office 2003 corporate warez
sloths password recovery crack
toki tori crack
my secret folder keygen
halo combat evolved nocd crack
download error nuker crack
traxmaker 2000 crack
civilization iii demo crack
easy cd da extractor 8.0.1 keygen
spell catcher plus 2.5.3 crack
windows media center download warez
winpopup gold 4.1.5 crack
spyware doctor code crack
cute ftp server home 2.0 crack

Anonymous said...

What a intresting story
since looking your post It reminds me of of a similar website in
[url=http://www.avg-download.us]avg download[/url]

Anonymous said...

Hi,

I am regular visitor of this website[url=http://www.weightrapidloss.com/lose-10-pounds-in-2-weeks-quick-weight-loss-tips].[/url]fillmorefive.blogspot.com is filled with quality info. Do you pay attention towards your health?. Let me present you with one fact here. Research indicates that almost 80% of all USA grownups are either fat or weighty[url=http://www.weightrapidloss.com/lose-10-pounds-in-2-weeks-quick-weight-loss-tips].[/url] Therefore if you're one of these citizens, you're not alone. Infact many among us need to lose 10 to 20 lbs once in a while to get sexy and perfect six pack abs. Now the question is how you are planning to have quick weight loss? [url=http://www.weightrapidloss.com/lose-10-pounds-in-2-weeks-quick-weight-loss-tips]Quick weight loss[/url] is not like piece of cake. You need to improve some of you daily habbits to achive weight loss in short span of time.

About me: I am blogger of [url=http://www.weightrapidloss.com/lose-10-pounds-in-2-weeks-quick-weight-loss-tips]Quick weight loss tips[/url]. I am also mentor who can help you lose weight quickly. If you do not want to go under painful training program than you may also try [url=http://www.weightrapidloss.com/acai-berry-for-quick-weight-loss]Acai Berry[/url] or [url=http://www.weightrapidloss.com/colon-cleanse-for-weight-loss]Colon Cleansing[/url] for effective weight loss.

Anonymous said...

I loved your blog. Thank you.