Friday, August 22, 2008

Review -- WEB -- Wolf Is Howling

WOLF IS HOWLING
Web
Independent
6.5-out-of-10
Crank it up, and let the blues rock baby!
Welcome to the latest effort by Winnipeg's Web; Wolf Is Howling, a blues rock effort in the truest sense of the word.
Web is fronted by guitarist and vocalist Dave Weber, and his voice fits his chosen genre well, it's a little smokey, seasoned, mature. Considering this guy has been performing since the 1960s, it's no wonder there is the maturity to the voice.
“I've been playing a variety of stuff. I like a lot of different styles of music throughout the years, but my favourite is the blues, blues rock,” he said, in a recent interview with this reviewer.
Web can also play. This is basically a power trio, with Weber's guitar joined by Jim Jolly on bass and Keith Zedzora on drums. For this straight ahead style, three works just fine.
The CD was produced at Waterfront Studios in Winnipeg where it was engineered and mastered by Anthony Gianccola with Abbey Road special edition TG 1, previously used on most Beatles recordings, Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon, and Jimmy Hendrix albums.
It is interesting the CD has a little footnote 'all instruments and vocals were recorded in their natural state to ensure the natural sound of each instrument is heard'. That is an interesting approach in an era when a computer stroke can alter and refine a recording line. It's a good choice for this genre of music which relies on a certain degree of 'rawness' to work.
This is a fun, sort of rock party album, one that has a solid overall feel to it, even if no single cut immediately jumps out as the best.
Still, just to relax and let the beat of straight ahead rock blues take you away for a while, this one works. It's never bad to join the wolf and just howl a little.
You can check Web on the web at www.webtheband.net
-- CALVIN DANIELS

-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper Aug. 20, 2008 - Yorkton, SK. Canada

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