Dan Patlansky - Wooden Thoughts

2013-05-14 11:47
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What we thought:

After a successful unplugged tour in 2012, rock blues maestro Dan Patlansky finally decided to release his very first acoustic album. And for those wondering why one of the loudest amp playing guitarists in South Africa would do this, well, because he's Dan…

And not to worry, he doesn't deliver anything less just because it's an "acoustic" album - in fact I'd go as far as to say I prefer the cleaner, clearer but still angry jamming sounds on Wooden Thoughts, because in my opinion it's more flashy rather than "less flashy" as Dan describes it. This album almost feels like Dan is throwing a concert in your living room: it's personal, filled with emotion and you've got the front row seat.

Combining new original songs, previously recorded songs and cover songs, Wooden Thoughts fits snugly into Dan's repertoire. It's all get-up-and-party on Robert Johnson's "Preachin Blues", suave swinging on Jimmy Reed's "Bright Lights, Big City" and trippin-down-memory-lane on Bob Dylan's "Wagon Wheel". Even though its probably one of the most covered songs of all time, Dan even manages to deliver a haunting performance of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah".

Best track:

"Bring the World to its Knees" - This is a track off his previous album 20 Stones that he re-recorded for this album. All I can say is: man that guitar riff!

Worst track:

What worst track?

Sounds like:

Most people think that blues is blues is blues. And though I get that there are only so many notes and scales that can be used on a guitar, most artists manage to put their unique stamp on their music, and Dan is no exception. Dan's blend of blues and rock together with his voice makes this album unique.

Watch Dan jam and talk to Channel24 about his previous album here:

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