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This is a great record.

I’m going to start this review by saying something about me...

When I was a young teenager I didn’t know the blues, what I did know was that there was something about all the music I did like, a melancholy, a feeling of pain deep down, but something that left the fun in life too. I didn’t know that the thing that linked together all these tunes was the blues until I discovered Jimi Hendrix and then Eric Clapton...

So why talk about this when I’m reviewing an album by someone who isn’t Eric or Jimi? Well, Tristan Mackay has made a record that reminds me of those records I loved before I knew the blues. It’s not a blues album per se, but theres blues in it’s veins and running through it’s heart, there’s blues in there but it’s buried under the surface. I suppose it could be termed a roots album, Americana or just good old rock and roll, but Tristan has made a record that feels instantly at home in my record collection without being all traditional about it.

Lets start by saying that Mr Mackay is a very fine songwriter, the tunes he’s penned here tell a story of love that will speak to anyone who’s been there, and there’s something familiar about them all without being derivative. This is best shown when he does get down and play conventional blues on “Wherever You Lay Your Head” your ears are hearing something down home, but the choice of lyrics is a long way from the trite rhymes made by many contemporary bluesmen. It’s things like this that make Out Along The Wire an album to love, not merely enjoy. It’s clever, witty touching and heartfelt, there are shades of Springsteen and Dylan, but really it’s all Tristan.

It’s Tristan who shines as a musician on the record too, despite having a stellar group of musicians on the record (including members of Van Morrison’s band) no-one stands out more than the artist who’s name is on the cover, his sweet guitar and passionate vocal delivery are the backbone to his amazing songs.

This is a wonderful record that deserves your attention.


Fab, fab, fab! Can't wait for the next album!

Incredibly beautiful

I first heard Tristan on Radio 2 and was blown away by the beauty of his voice. This album is amazingly easy to listen to. Every song an absolute pleasure. Well done, Tristan. Bring on the next.

Out Along the Wire, Tristan Mackay
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  • £7.99
  • Genres: Blues, Music, Rock, Pop
  • Released: 20 February 2012

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