Fifty years on from You’ve Really Got Me it’s a mellower Davies that we meet on this solo release. In fact, Open Road is a collaborative effort between Davies and his son Russ, meeting at a musical point that falls between their adopted styles; Dave in rock, Russ in electronica and Dance. Of the album, Dave says, “Working with my son was a delight and he made me realise a lot about myself. I feel a strange magnetic loving energy pervading through the whole work.” Open Road certainly wasn’t the album we were expecting. It’s an open landscape, with just guitar, bass and drums giving space for each song to breathe. It’s an introspective work, of childhood left behind, the loss of innocence and the regrets about broken relationships. The result is an endearing wistfulness, especially on songs like Slow Down and the album’s closer, Chemtrails. Often overshadowed by brother Ray, here is an album that shows Dave Davies’ songwriting in a brand new light.