Monday, September 14, 2009

Review -- SCOTT ELLISON -- Ice Storm

ICE STORM
Scott Ellison
Earwig Music
7.5-out-of-10
It has been a while since I've had a pure blues CD for review, and I have to say it feels good to be back with my favoured musical genre.
Of course Scott Ellison makes the transition back into the comfort zone of the blues an easy one. He has a simple, relaxed, blues style which is immediately comfortable for the listener.
Now to be honest I expected the disk to be a good one. Earwig Music has a solid reputation as having a fine stable of talent, and Ellison certainly keeps that rep intact.
Ellison plays a solid, if not outstanding guitar. That isn't a problem though because it's really Ellison's voice which carries the day here.
That Ellison's voice is front and centre makes sense when you recognize he is perhaps best-respected as a songwriter. The dozen cuts all have Ellison as writer, and good writers usually have a knack for creating tunes with the musical pace to match their vocal talents. Ellison shows he well understands that it is important to match his writing and voice.
Lyrically, Ellison knows the blues too. There aren't any songs here that are startling new in approach. But guess what ? In general terms, blues has a number of well understood elements, and he sticks to them. Like drawing in a colouring book, the finished art work usually looks best when the artist stays within the lines.
The result of that is a song such as Big Blue Car, yep another blues song that focuses on somebody's ride. Hey it has worked before. It works here too. In fact, Ellison offers up Cadillac Woman as another example of the same basic song premise.
In the end, Ellison does everything right here. He may not hit a home run on any particular song, but to follow the baseball analogy a bit further, he sprays a lot of solid singles, stretching a few into stand up doubles along the way.
This may not be the first CD you reach for in your collection, but when you do, it will always be an enjoyable experience to listen to it again.
Check Ellison out at www.myspace.com/scottellisonband
-- CALVIN DANIELS

-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper Sept. 2, 2009 - Yorkton, SK. Canada

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