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open road

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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.

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