Dan Pat­lansky

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Per­fec­tion Kills

Com­pared to his rab­ble-rous­ing live shows, the South African’s stu­dio work has some­times sounded a lit­tle po­lite. It’s a frus­tra­tion ad­dressed by Per­fec­tionKills, on which Pat­lansky took a “charm­ingly rough” pro­duc­tion ap­proach, track­ing vir­tu­ally live in the stu­dio and flay­ing his ’62 Strat with min­i­mal pol­ish. That raw sound suits a writer who is far more imag­i­na­tive than his ‘blues­man’ tag im­plies: even songs that set out as route-one barn­burn­ers – the high-ve­loc­ity riff-raff of DogDay, let’s say, or the RATM­wor­thy bom­bast of TooFarGone – dodge ex­pec­ta­tions, while there’s not a sniff of the Delta in May­day’s glassy swoosh. In a ProTooled era, Pat­lansky’s im­per­fec­tions thrill.

Henry Yates

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