BOY IN THE BOAT
David Wilcox is a veteran bluesman, with his previous disks Rhythm of Love, from 2002 and Rockin' the Boogie from 2003 previously reviewed here.
With Boy In The Boat Wilcox is back after a four-year break from the studio. With the prep time I was expecting something truly inspired here.
At times the inspiration is here, at other times Wilcox might have wanted to wait another few months.
The truly inspired comes from Wilcox's guitar, which is always solid, as is the case on the solos of his rendition of Catman and the upbeat boogie of Step It Up and Go.
However, vocally, Wilcox is not necessarily among the blues elite. Too many of the songs here are rather superficial in terms of lyrics, and with Wilcox's common voice, it all comes across as a bit bland. There is a need for more songs that go beyond the words of the like of Shuckin' Sugar and the aforementioned Catman.
As a guitar slinger Wilcox is solid, and he definitely shows it here.
As an overall package though it is simply lacking. Not a must-have at all.
You can check this one out at www.davidwilcoxrocks.com
-- CALVIN DANIELS
-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper April 1, 2009 - Yorkton, SK. Canada