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Gary Hoey - Dust & Bones

Gary Hoey - Dust & Bones

Label : Provogue | Archive under bluesrock

Release type: Full-length CD

Wim S. : This is already the 20th album by Gary Hoey. Yes, you read that correctly: 20. And the annoying thing is that I do not know any one of them. That in itself is not so strange because Gary Hoey is a real bluesman. His music has very little – or better: nothing – to do with metal or even heavy rock. He plays pretty traditional blues with a single trip to more rock-oriented material.

So he is very close to the authentic blues. He immediately uses a slide guitar in opener 'Boxcar Blues' and he pulls his Stray Cats shoes on in the hereinafter ‘Who's Your Daddy?’. These are very simple songs that really only perk up during the guitar solos. And that continues to be the case the entire CD. Not more than modal tracks ('Born To Love You’, ‘Ghost Of Yesterday’) come and go and only during the often spectacular solos I jump up (figuratively speaking of course). The solo on the title track even reminds me of Yngwie Malmsteen! Gary Hoey is really a fine guitarist; he masters many different styles properly. He is also blessed with a pleasant voice. But what is missing are strong songs. The song material is simply too poor to score more points. Even the contribution of Lita Ford in the über crap song 'Coming Home' cannot change that.

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