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Here I Am

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Album Review

"Ain't trying to be no Jimi or Stevie/I want to be my G-damned self," proclaims up and coming U.K. blues rocker Oli Brown on the lead-off title track to his third release. He follows up that defiant declamation with a shuffle that nicks the lick from Vaughan's "Cold Shot" on the derivative "Thinking About Her." Whether he realizes that or not, it's a good indication that there aren't many guitar players bringing new or fresh ideas to the table in this genre. Just 22 when this album was released in 2012, you can forgive Brown for his youthful enthusiasm, especially when there is so much energy exuding from these dozen tracks, all but two self-composed. Like many of his peers, he whips off some solid riff rockers such as "Manic Boom" and "Devil in Me," and a convincing enough Chuck Berry lick in "Start It Again" with skill and talent. His boyish vocals are charming if not quite as edgy as some of his angrier lyrics about lost love require, even if he did win Best Male Vocalist at the 2010 British Blues Awards. Brown can write a hummable, soulful melody, as on the ballad "All We Had to Give"; it's as good as any pop song on the charts with the extra enticement of a tasty guitar solo. But a reasonably hot cover of Al Kooper's Blood, Sweat & Tears gem "I Love You More Than You'll Ever Know" points out that nothing here is up to that song's quality. Too much of Brown's material just isn't unique or powerful enough to break him free from others plying similar territory who can also sling out a strong guitar lick and write good, not great, material. When he gets down and somewhat dirty on the swampy "You Can Only Blame Yourself" and a bit funky on "Remedy," he's staking out more fertile area. There isn't really enough of that, though, to make this the album that will elevate his status, especially in the States, where he is another also-ran in a crowded field trying to establish himself among many similarly talented musicians.

Customer Reviews

Great great Album must have

I have been following Oli for a few years now, I am blown away by his new Album he get better and better each album he does!

Cant wait to see him in concert this weekend. If you like rock and blues this is the biggest star you going to have the pleasure to listen to great stuff Oli.

Brilliant

This album confirms Oli's quality , fantastic album a must have

The Future of British Blues is Brown

I've been following Oli's story from almost day one and he continues to go from strength to strength. Catch him live and you won't be disappointed. Tracks on new album 'You can Only blame yourself' 'Start it again' and 'Remedy' stand out.
Catch up on back catalogue if you haven't heard it.

Biography

Genre: Blues

Years Active:

Blues guitarist and singer Oli Brown made his recording debut at age 17 with Open Road, released June 9, 2008, by Ruf Records. He toured Europe, opening British tours by Johnny Winter, Walter Trout, and Robben Ford. In 2010, he was part of the New Generation Blues Tour of Europe with labelmate Joanne Shaw Taylor and made his debut at the Glastonbury Festival. These performances were in support of his second album, Heads I Win Tails You Lose, produced by blues...
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  • £8.99
  • Genres: Blues, Music, Jazz
  • Released: 16 April 2012

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