Philip Sayce - 'Influence' Hot

Added by Central Electronic Brain     December 29, 2014    
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A diverse and hugely entertaining album.

Guitarist Philip Sayce has garnered a fair amount of respect in the industry for his ability as a guitarist, notable for landing gigs with Uncle Kracker and Melissa Etheridge. He popped up at Jeff Healey's live performance at Montreux in 1999 and performed on Jimmy Barnes' 'Double Happiness' album. However, Sayce's new album 'Influence' will not only reinforce people's opinion of him as a guitarist, it will also make people sit up and take notice of him as an artist, writer and vocalist. Taking a handful of covers which shaped him as an artist, and meshing them with a collection of originals written by himself and producer Dave Cobb, Sayce's new album twists and turns with you never knowing what's around the next corner.

The noisy take on 'Tom Devil' opens proceedings, with the rhythm section boasting the full Cobb sound, and the crunching guitar laid on top. It's a grower, unlike the blistering 'Out Of My Mind' which fuses the Jimi Hendrix vibe of 'Fire' with a Stevie Salas approach. It's a scorching track, preceding the fantastic, Funky rendition of Little Feat's 'Sailing Shoes'. Sayce absolutely nails this, both vocally and instrumentally, while the bouncing 'I'm Going Home' is packed with energy and pace.

It's an all encompassing record, from the dreamy original 'Fade Into You' to the Blues workout 'Blues Ain't Nothin' But A Good Woman On Your Mind' which sees Sayce firmly in Joe Bonamassa territory. A sublime, wah-wah laden take on Little Richard's 'Green Power' has Sayce excelling once again, while 'Easy On The Eyes' embraces more of the Hendrix influence to the fore.

The production from Cobb, which gives the record the warmth and depth which benefitted Rival Sons and California Breed, along with Sayce's excellent playing, writing and vocals, make this a diverse and hugely entertaining album. Well worth checking out.

James Gaden

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