One of the Kazzie awards given each year by yours truly, goes to the album review most liked/shared by readers. Phil Doublet has won this award 3 times. Is he going for a fourth? Benny Allen won it last year, and Cleila Adams has shared it, but Phil is the King. Apart from being loved by many of his peers and appreciated for his crossings of the ditch from NZ to Oz on many occasions to perform with Luke O’Shea and The Medicine Wheel, by the fans, Phil is one of the most talented guitarists and one of the most versatile in the Southern Hemisphere.
Since he started releasing his solo efforts (though he still appears with good buddy, Luke), and having collaborated with his lovely and talented wife, Lana, he has gained a new audience and he has been doing the songwriters circuit in NZ and when he and Lana come over to Australia.
Each of his albums has been categorized differently. Rock, Country, Blues. He is all of that. Even though this album is categorized as Blues, it has a bit of everything, including instrumentals and a song which is a mixture of 50’s Rock and Roll and Cajun. Phil is quite capable of covering most of the 79 types of country music, but not the new 80th, which Allan Caswell has dubbed Temporary Country. He will never be that.
This album is quite different to Phil’s other albums, with a mixture of songs that have you getting ready for a tumbleweed rolling down a Western town street (The Outlaw), the abovementioned fusion with Rattlin’ Bones (not the Shane/Kasey song), the subtle plucking of the strings and then the sound of crows and fast paced flying fingers on the strings in The Trickster, the haunting opening instrumental, The Great Depression, some in your face songs and some more bluesy ballads, Phil doesn’t disappoint.
Although he is a proud Kiwi, Aussie fans have embraced him and treat him like one of us. We have adopted him not just because of his wonderful music but also because of his personality.
This album is a classy collection of songs, a mixture of styles and a polished production of original and soulful material.
The last track is powerfully good and it does not feel like 5 minutes and 10 seconds long.
You don’t have to love a particular type of music to enjoy this album. There is something for everybody and the perfect album for a lazy Sunday afternoon.
1. The Great Depression
2. Dustbowl Circus
3. Come Hell or High Water
4. The Runaround
5. Where’s the Love?
6. The Hunter & the Scarecrow
7. Rattlin’ Bones
8. The Outlaw
9. The Trickster
10. Blood in the Water