Fireworks

CD Reviews

Eric Gales - 'Middle Of The Road' http://rocktopia.co.uk/media/reviews/photos/thumbnail/200x200s/07/da/0e/Eric-Gales-Middle-Of-The-Road-25-1495910236.jpg Hot

Added by Central Electronic Brain     May 27, 2017    
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
4999   0   1   0   0   0

Artist

Genre

The set-up is dark but the payoff consistently uplifting.

There's a misconception amongst many less enlightened music lovers that the Blues is depressing. While a grain of truth resides in every lie, the genre actually addresses life's hardships as a means of sonic exorcism, purging the artist's torment so they can emerge positive and with renewed purpose; that is the written defence, but for its musical equivalent check out the latest record from this world class Memphis gunslinger. Eric Gales has always charted his personal struggles through music and, after a prison stint in 2009 for possession of a firearm and cocaine, that focus has only intensified.

'Middle Of The Road', the fifteenth effort of his career and latest chapter in what's clearly been a difficult recovery, finds Gales seemingly emerging from those battles and ready to live life to the full. The set-up is dark but the payoff consistently uplifting. Thudding Blues Rocker 'I've Been Deceived' and indignant 'Repetition', which features older brother Eugene and recalls Prince's 'Sign O' The Times', lay bare his crippling addictions, but mission statement 'Change In Me (The Rebirth)' is infectiously feel-good and 'Been So Long' is a heartfelt vow to stop self-sabotaging over Bob Marley-esque verses and a liqueur smooth chorus.

Fireworks - The Ultimate Magazine For Melodic Rock Music

This website uses cookies to help us give you the best experience when you visit. Cookies used for the essential operation of the site have already been set. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our Privacy Statement.

I accept cookies from this site


Gales always draws from a wealth of styles, and 'Middle...' leans predominantly towards his more soulful side, fittingly allowing the songs craftsmanship, exquisite melodies and storytelling to take centre stage. He's also singing better than ever and, in combination with wife La Donna's heavenly backing vocals and Fabrizio Grossi's sparkling production, the songs' resplendent hooks and emotional power are magically brought to life. In spite of the less Rocking aesthetic, Gales' tonally scrumptious, Funky and fiery lyrical fret-work still mesmerises. 'Good Time' is a crisp ray of sunshine, 'Help Yourself' resembles early ZZ Top and 'Boogie Man' – a cucumber-cool Freddie King cover featuring a succulent six-string dialogue with fellow Blues moderniser Gary Clark Jr – highlights why Joe Bonamassa believes he's one of the greatest guitarists on the planet.

Eric Gales knows he's been claiming to have turned the corner for years, but says this time it's for real and he'll prove it. 'Middle Of The Road' would certainly seem to back up that boast. For both professional and personal reasons, let's hope it's a path he continues to tread for many years to come.

Simon Ramsey

Share this on the web.

User reviews

There are no user reviews for this listing.

 


Comments (0)add comment

Write comment

security image
Write the displayed characters


busy

Member Login



Calendar

<<  May 2020  >>
 Mo  Tu  We  Th  Fr  Sa  Su 
      1  2  3
  4  5  6  7  8  910
11121314151617
18192021222324
25262728293031

Search Here

Shout Here

Latest Message: 1 day, 2 hours ago
  • Berny : @Defron: Can you pls. check your mail? Many thanks, B. :)
  • Defron : Hi guys. Bought #90 couples of hours ago but still not in my downloads . Can you check pls regards Ro
  • Berny : @SoCal Rocker: Welcome back! There are 50 free issues of Fireworks Magazine for you (and of course all other Rocktopians) to download. Check out the news on the frontpage. Stay happy, safe & healthy. Best wishes to California!
  • SoCal Rocker : Hello from Burbank CA, I had to change my name and PW. How's anyone doing?
  • Rocktopia Te : @davidputnam: Could you please check your email? Many thanks & best regards, RT
  • davidnputnam : I ordered 86 - 90 and received paypal receipt, but cant find in downloads. Please advise.
  • davidnputnam : I ordered 86 - 90, but cant find in Downloads. i have the paypal receipt.
  • Berny : @rarock: Glad we were able to sort this out. Thanks for your purchase!
  • rarock : Hi there. I have similar problem with Issue 90, payed by Paypal, but doesnt show in Orders or in Downloads. Thanks for help
  • KI2000 : Thanks Fireworks Magazine and Rocktopia!
  • Hysteria : WOW! Thanks to the Fireworks Team for this AMAZING offer. YOU GUYS ROCK!!!! \m/ \m/
  • Rocktopia Te : Check out the Fireworks Magazine Corona quarantine give - away!
  • Johns Band : Royal Hunt new concept album in the works to be released in 2020.
  • Berny : @WardyS1: I will contact you by e - mail.
  • WardyS1 : Hi. Also purchased 90 couple days back but not in my orders have receipt. Cannot find an email to contact instead link sorry
  • Rocktopia Te : @tomandpam: Hope this is now sorted and you were able to download the magazine
  • tomandpam : I ordered a download of #90 and it's not in my orders and I have the PayPal receipt. Can you help with this? Thanks
  • Berny : @zom414: Apologies for my late reply. Could you please contact me directly at «email» ? Many thanks in advance!
  • zom414 : Trying to change my password but the security question won't accept my answer, can you help?
  • SeaDog57 : just an observation. I just got Issue 89 at the Bookstore and when i looked at the spine of the magazine it says "Fireworks Issue 85 Winter Jan - Mar 2019" Was this a misprint? The rest of the Magazine is Issue 89. Was just wondering did anyone else notice this?
  • Berny : Apologies! Magazine can now be accessed from your download section. Best wishes, B.
  • Berny : @Martykelly: We're sorry
  • Martykelly : Just purchased issue 89 hoping its going to be in my download soon.
  • Johns Band : Will "Watch & Listen" music videos make a comeback. Just order H.E.A.T. "Live In London" CD.
  • Berny : @the trapps: Apologies for the delay in processing your order. The magazine is now available in your downloads section.
  • the trapps : waiting for the issue 89 which we purchased to be in our downloads section ???
  • Berny : @tomandpam: Many thanks for your purchase. The download instructions were sent yesterday, please contact me at «email» should you haven't received the email.
  • tomandpam : I paid for a download on issue 89 and didn't receive the download. Please let me know when I can get it. Thanks
  • Berny : @zom414: Fireworks Magazine #89 will be available at selected UK based newsagents on December 16th. The digital version can already be purchased in our Download Store.
  • zom414 : When's the next mag due for release?

Only registered users are allowed to post

Follow Us

FacebookTwitterYoutubeGoogle

This website uses cookies to help us give you the best experience when you visit. Cookies used for the essential operation of the site have already been set. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our Privacy Statement.

I accept cookies from this site