Del Bromham

White Feather

Classic Rock - - The Hard Stuff - Hugh Fielder

Life as a feather. Orig­i­nal Stray (who’ve been out cel­e­brat­ing their 50th an­niver­sary) gui­tarist Del Bromham’s solo ca­reer may date back to the late 70s, but this is only his third al­bum. It’s cer­tainly his most per­sonal, although iron­i­cally Stray fans will recog­nise his song­writ­ing style which is broader than the blues of his first two al­bums.

Sixty-six-year-old Bromham con­fronts some of the tri­als and tribu­la­tions of his gen­er­a­tion by crank­ing up his gui­tar un­til it stings, and de­liv­er­ing an ar­ray of riffs and so­los that prove his mu­si­cal mar­bles are in­tact. As are his emo­tional mar­bles, de­spite some hard knocks. The ti­tle track is about the death of his daugh­ter – about the cru­ellest fate any par­ent can face. Wicked Man ques­tions whether he may in some way be re­spon­si­ble for the hard knocks, Let It Go and Mon­key are about learn­ing to un­bur­den your­self.

His lyrics are hu­man rather than spir­i­tual, even when he’s ap­peal­ing for mu­tual re­spect on My House, and you prob­a­bly have to be there or there­abouts to ap­pre­ci­ate them, but his blues rock is age­less.

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