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Sunday, September 16, 2012

Geoff Achison & The Souldiggers 1998 Gettin' Evil

Genre: Blues
Rate: 128 kbps CBR / 44100
Time: 00:49:23
Size: 45,13 MB


Australia has produced several talented blues guitar players. Those that have come to be known by the regulars here at Electric Blues include Dave Hole, Rob Tognoni, Mal Eastick and Gwyn Ashton. I'd also like to add Geoff Achison to that list. Geoff is a fine guitarist, singer and songwriter. Geoff's band, the Souldiggers, provide solid backing for the wide variety of styles Geoff leads them through on this disc.

"Gettin' Evil" is a primarily Blues-Rock oriented CD that is composed nearly exclusively of originals (one cover tune) and features a respectable amount of guitar. Geoff's playing style is not overly aggressive, but has more than enough bite to satisfy those of us that require substantial guitar with our blues. This is not power blues, but more along the lines of a slick, tasty blend of electric blues and blues-rock. Both vocally and instrumentally, Geoff's sound is crisp and original. Of course there are always the subtle hints to a bluesman's predicessors, but Geoff's sound is largely his own.

The CD opens with two of the sets strongest songs, leading off with "Comin'ta Getcha", an upbeat Blues-Rock tune that allows Geoff to give the listener an early listen to his playing style. Next up is "Be Careful What You Wish For", a medium paced blues song that is one of my favorites of the set. From there Geoff explores subtle various of Blues-Rock by mixing in a little soul, a little jazz, a little rock, a little pop, and a little who knows what else. Many of his songs are a little hard for me to classify, one such song being the heavily rhythmic dominated title cut "Gettin' Evil".

One of the more pleasant surprises for me was the acoustic song "Don't Play Guitar Boy". I'm not normally a big fan of acoustic tunes, and often deduct points if they are not extremely well done. However, this one did not result in any penalties. It is a very enjoyable acoustic romp with interesting lyrics. It is in fact, another of my favorites from the disc. There is only one other acoustic song, Geoff's cover of "End of the Line". It didn't hold my interest quite as well as "Don't Play Guitar Boy", but it's not bad either.

As a Blues-Rock CD, I would classify it slightly on the lighter side of the scale. "Gettin' Evil" is not a no-holds-barred barn burner. Nor is it a totally laid-back, mellow affair. As I mentioned earlier, it's a little hard to classify but overall it's closer to Blues-Rock than anything else. Geoff's playing is excellent throughout, and his vocals are considerably above average. Most blues guitar fans will find enough quality work here to consider this a worthy blues guitar oriented CD. Quality songwriting and a strong backing backing band round things out nicely. (


01 - Comin' Ta Getcha 03:25

02 - Be Careful What You Wish For 03:33

03 - Tell Me Something I Don't Know 03:32

04 - Gettin' Evil 04:05

05 - Jungle 05:12

06 - Adam And Eve 04:08

07 - Help Yourself 05:08

08 - Hotel Room 03:31

09 - Natch'l Fact 03:27

10 - Don't Play Guitar Boy 03:09

11 - Take What You Can Get 03:56

12 - Overtime 03:42

13 - End Of The Line 02:35

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