SNOWYWHITE & THE WHITE FLAMES

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Re­united

Com­pe­tently-backed blues, but with verses and cho­ruses that could be from many a pub band given a week­end in a stu­dio; af­ter two min­utes of Head­ful of Blues, say, you re­ally are ready to lay down your weary head. Thank­fully that’s when White’s solo starts, re­mind­ing us why this player could sub­sti­tute equally eas­ily into the ranks of Thin Lizzy or Pink Floyd, with an abil­ity to in­duce a Clap­ton-es­que blues con­nec­tion or a Lu­cille-like twang, then else­where ( Where Will You Be­long) to soar with Gil­mour-glid­ing sus­tain. Pro­duc­tion is solid and tra­di­tional through­out, bar a strangely fore­grounded pi­ano solo treat­ment; oth­er­wise one sus­pects the faders were barely brushed from start to fin­ish. But White’s gui­tar so­los are di­a­monds shin­ing in ev­ery song, and in­deed the mer­its of stay­ing en­tirely in­stru­men­tal are demon­strated by the de­lights of Long Time No C and Emp­ty­handed.

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