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Kenny Dubman – Reckless Abandon

Kenny Dubman – Reckless Abandon

Everyone deserves a second chance they say and when you press play on “Reckless Abandon” you will be seriously thankful that Ken Dubman decided to give it one more go. The guitarist from the band Prophet turned his back on the music business but as with all the greats he just could not stay away.

It also helps when you have the nod from the likes of Zakk Wylde and Eddie Trunk but please put names and history aside for one minute and focus on the right now as this is one of the best debut albums I have heard in a very long time. It is filled with passion and guts, it is a bared soul and it is 11 tracks of 70s heaven, a slice of blues, soul and some country thrown in for good measure. This album is very, very special.

The whole thing kicks of with lead single “Ain’t To Late For memphis” and this is all you need to know about the journey Kenny has been on. It is amazing what passion, desperation and the last hope can bring and this song is hands down a masterpiece…from the vinyl crackle at the start to the kick off riffs. This rolled me back to the 90s, some Tyketto and with Kenny’s gravelly vocals there will always be a feeling of the Cinderella sound but this is a stand out track and kicks the CD off in style.

Devils Brew” kicks off like Tom Petty and blasts into a slowed down acoustic and a real focus on the vocals, The gritty edge sets this track perfectly and puts it head and shoulders above a lot of artists. The man can write and build a tune with what seems like ease. He makes this composition seem simple as it blasts through a multitude of changes and the lazy, booze soaked, blues guitar solo is a thing of beauty.

Angel Of Mercy” slows it all down with what is obviously written about someone Kenny knows and you can once again feel the passion. More blues guitar with a twist. With a song named “Brother Against Brother” we must be talking about the civil war. The song is built on a chunky beat and tells the well known story that tore families apart. If you are not tapping your foot to every stroke of that guitar you have some serious problems.

More guns now with “Son Of A Colt 45” and this one rocks you from start to finish. I picked up some Bonamassa steeped guitar but it is mixed up into a cracking tune, some slide and a shit saloon, what more can you ask for? He is mixing rock, blues and country in a perfect recipe. Lovers of every one of those genres are going to come to know this mans name and once again the guitar breakdown is orgasmic.

Wolf At The Door” starts with just the piano and vocals, again this sounds autobiographical and this sees Kenny lay bare his heart and soul…a heart that came out of the situation a lot darker and a good deal wiser. You can hear the pain and anger in his voice and you cannot help but be touched by this song, when the groove busts out at 2.20 minutes you are just basically going to lose your shit people, it as if the song is reliving the whole relationship, the quiet, peaceful start and then the fucked up, crazy mess…and the crazy mess is going to kick your ass.

Three Little Words” takes us down to acoustic, fiddle and a good ole country start. It is a camp fire song, some drunk friends just messing about and having a good time and telling some stories which maybe fabricated slightly.

Little Venom” goes a little quirky with the strained vocals and repetitive guitar crunch. The guitar work is definitely 70s and has a real Hendrix feel with the laziness and this is a cracking chill out track even if the lyrical content is not. “Sunset Seranade” keeps the Hendrix licks going and adds to the 70s feel with what sounds like a bit of Hammond organ. This is a retrospective number on a man looking back over his past and as with all these tracks you feel every bead of sweat, blood and guts the has been put in. It rocks out like an 80s MTV power hour classic and again that guitar work had me pulling faces and heaving out my best air guitar poses, This album has earned a place in my heart for a long time to come.

Ghost Of The Wind” gives us that chunky sound that this man is making his own. Another song that has so many influences but manages to buck them all so he owns the sound. The whole thing finishes off with “After the Bomb Fell” and that was how I felt when 1, I first played this album and 2 when I realised it was all but over. This song takes on an Asia and Toto feel with the lyrics of Bob Dylan. A beautifully simple song and a perfect finale.

The man may look like a hobo Tony Stark but just like that character everything Kenny has touched on this album is dynamite, perfect formulas and genius delivery. This is a must own album and it takes me back to the days when albums the likes of “Bat Out Of Hell”, “Rumours” and “The Best of The Eagles” were in everyone’s collection. This album demands that kind of accolade.

Review Ritchie Birnie

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