Sunday, March 28, 2010

Review -- DAVID GOGO -- Different Views

DIFFERENT VIEWS
David Gogo
Cordova Bay Records
9-out-of-10

If you like the blues, and in my case that’s a given, and you’re Canadian, you should know the name David Gogo.
Gogo is a guitar slinging bluesman from B.C., who just seems to be getting better and better and that is saying something considering he’s been a solid performer for some time already.
Yorkton blues fans should remember Gogo from a killer show at the Painted Hand Casino a few years back when the Casino held its much-missed biweekly Blues Night. Gogo really cooked that night.
Back in the fall of 2007 I also had the pleasure to review Gogo’s acoustic disk, and loved it. It rated a 9.5.
And, that brings us to Different Views where Gogo just keeps progressing in his music.
This is a disk where Gogo has again picked up the writing pen, and has a hand in most of the 12-cuts here. In some cases they come across with a classic ‘feel’ such as the song Lies.
This is not an acoustic effort, although at times Gogo does slow it down nicely. Such as on the cut Erase Any Trace, a moody, slower-paced effort.
Ultimately, the whole CD is solid blues, powered by Gogo’s outstanding guitar work, and delivered with his smooth vocals. It really is a combination that is taking Gogo to a higher level than most in the industry on this side of the 49th Parallel.
Of course we should expect fine music from Gogo, who cut his first disk back in 1994, and has thankfully been a prolific recording artist since with Different Views being his 10th release by my count. Fans will remember previous efforts such as Skeleton Key from 2002 and Vibe in 2004.
This is simply put, a must have blues album. Just buy this one, you will not regret it.
Check it out at www.davidgogo.com
CALVIN DANIELS

-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper Feb 24, 2010 - Yorkton, SK. Canada

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