So this is the first full length album from these UK West Country blues rockers, and by all accounts it has something to live up to. Blacktop Deluxe is a band that rose from the ashes of Blue On Black and Devil’s Creek, and since forming they’ve been doing great things.
The album opens up to the sound of a big American V8 engine, and accelerates off the line with equal grace. Before long you find yourself transported to the Mississippi Delta, such is the dominant American style, and you instantly forget that these guys are from Cornwall.
The pace varies throughout the album, but the quality doesn’t. The songs groove along nicely, and the vocals have just the right amount of gravel. Sure the vocals sound rough around the edges, but that adds to the style of music rather than take away, so you can forgive that.
The overall sound is raw, and it seems like it was recorded “warts and all” and the production is minimal. Again though, that’s exactly what these guys are about, and if you go and see them live, that’s exactly what you get. They’ve been around for a while, and they know exactly what their music should sound like, and that’s precisely what you get.
Musically though is where the album comes into its own. The band work so well together, and individually, their style compliments one another. The guitar work is great, and the rhythm section is tight as a duck’s arse. If you’ve not seen these guys live, then do yourselves a favour. The album does a good job of capturing their sound, but it’s not as good as the real McCoy.