REVIEW - Jamie Thyer - 'Excelsior!'
The new offering, 'Excelsior!' from Brit bluesman/rocker Jamie Thyer is once again a fine selection of tunes following on from his 'Cafe Racer' and '...Meets The Dominators' albums. Recorded with Phil Andrews (Hugh Cornwell, Robert Plant) at the helm, the album crosses a variety of styles from the funky 'Manacle Alley', through ballad-like tracks 'Nova' and 'Uno Mas' and onto good time rocker 'Mr Make Believe'. Although obviously designed to showcase Jamie's excellent guitar playing (incorporating delicate acoustic playing, Thin Lizzy style harmonic playing, bottleneck slide guitar (on strong opener 'Aces And Eights') and of course plenty of blazing blues guitar throughout), the tunes are well crafted with plenty of changes in tempo and ambience. Perhaps one or two of the instrumental tracks (there's five on the album) could have been swapped for another vocal track or two, but nevertheless this is an enjoyable album that fans of blues and blues-rock should lap up.
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