floppy argyle socks blues rock

No Work Daniel P Hudelson

the first thing that comes to mind here is cleanliness. a nice tidy production with loads of space in what is essentially a very busy little ditty. (yes, I've been using that word since the onset of time so get over it).

it's blues. but it's not. instrumentally and melodically, it wants to be and it makes its case remarkably well at times but it strays into straight ahead rock enough to wonder - but then again, cus I dig the groove and I especially dig the performances - I forget about wondering about it.

I'm not happy that the drums are back a bit too far into the mix but I'll excuse that cus maybe the producer felt the licks needed to be centerstage and decided that the part was pretty standard and putting the emphasis on the strongest aspects were best. they may have had a point ....

the bass is totally in the pocket tho. love the low groove. what great tude there. it might be the unsung hero of the moment. from good double licks to some great octave work and even a few moments where harmony struck the fancy. great.

classy guitar work ... fully confident but somehow understated. like the players actually just drink a few beers and wouldn't be caught dead with a glass of red wine. but they wear clean jeans - but don't get worried about a few holes showing skin ... at any rate, the guitars are first class and stars.

the piano handles it's own professionally. it's loose and light and follows the same basic easy path that the gits hang around - but it knows when it's short moments and otherwise know that it can be a leader and a follower too.

the singer is a paradox ... he's exactingly sloppy ... he loves his flips and flares and loves to get down and dirty but he ain't afraid to reach up and try to hit some floaty highs too. he makes the effort to make far more out of this than a standard blues melody and it's obvious he knows his strengths and exploits them. he's pitch strong and keeps his tone constant even when looking to move register.

I'm having trouble finding negatives here. maybe the lyrics are trite - dunno cus I'm not really listening to the story much, more the wordflow and heady headlines. which are good.

overall, I think the song wants to be cerebral. it wants to touch my head with it's exacting virtuoso stylings but in the end, it's the guttural heart that shines most. like really great players having a good time telling a musical story ... which kinda defeats the blesy aspect but supports the rock fun side.

I think I'll buy a round of beers for the bar. can I borrow a twenty?


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