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CD Review: Mickey Wynne – Running on Empty

We’re late in reviewing this one, but Mickey Wynne’s guitar playing and songwriting defy the ravages of time: the Liverpool-born rock vet delivers vivid, smartly played, smartly written Americana rock. As befits a guy with an Electric Ladyland/Abbey Road Studios pedigree, the song are superbly produced, blending rustic acoustic textures with a savage, electric, early 70s psychedelic bent, guitars swirling, bending, phasing in and out. Perfectly illustrative song: the lush ballad Against All Odds I’ll Do It, with its layers of acoustic guitar and mandolin that build to a big, sweeping crescendo before coming back down again with a majestic grace.

The tour de force here is the fiery, insistent Bush era parable All Quiet on the Eastern Frontier, funky acoustic guitar giving way to macabre, reverb surf guitar on the chorus and an equally nightmarish outro. It could have been an A-list Dire Straits album cut from 1982 or so. The title track is a shapeshifting John Lee Hooker-style blues with sparse, incisive slide guitar accents that morphs into pounding Led Zep style riff-rock; the hallucinatory, reverb-drenched French Blooze evokes recent work by Spottiswoode or Marty Willson-Piper. Wynne plays the usual UK roots music haunts: the 12 Bar, et al.; the live tracks up on Wynne’s site confirm his reputation as a dynamic, intense live performer.

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February 24, 2010 - Posted by | Music, music, concert, review, Reviews, rock music | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

5 Comments »

  1. Your comments are spot on. I think the EP is brilliant, can’t wait for the album.

    Comment by julien | February 25, 2010 | Reply

  2. Mickey Wynne is a non-stop one-man party. He lives and breathes the music scene on both sides of the pond and takes the best of both everywhere he goes. Yeah, here’s to the album.

    Comment by Phil Quinton | February 25, 2010 | Reply

  3. I hope this good review brings forth some rewards. Love Dad.

    Comment by Brian Dad | March 8, 2010 | Reply

  4. I love this EP of lovely songs and the guitar playing is beautiful. Mickey’s live band is also fantastic, they rock!

    Comment by Amy Charlotte | March 13, 2010 | Reply

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