SNOWYWHITE & THE WHITE FLAMES
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.