Dear Silence ThieveS
This is the seventh studio album release from South African Patlansky and it’s a magnificent piece of work. These ten self-penned tracks not only show off Dan’s abilities as a vocalist, songsmith and guitarist they also show what a forceful and heavy delivery these guys create when they play. More like a heavy rock band than a regular blues outfit, the feel is still blues based. Last year Dan and his band opened for Bruce Springsteen at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg and now they are headlining blues festivals all over Europe. The ‘Silence Thieves’ reference is made to those annoying people who turn up to a gig then talk loudly throughout the performance. Far from an overnight success, it’s been a gradual climb up the ladder of success since the debut album Standing At The Station in 1999 with each consecutive release showing how much Dan has developed as an artist. With great variation and feel throughout, this is one album that should be made compulsive listening.