Ash Wilson Broken Machine CD single and Album Review Friday 27th January and Thursday 23rd February 2017

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ASH WILSON BROKEN MACHINE SINGLE REVIEW

Broken Machine is the debut single from Ash Wilson and also is the title track of his debut album.  Broken Machine is the story of two people forced together by a common denominator, but somehow they just never seem to be working together  properly – almost as if they are parts of a machine that had broken gears, both parts of a “Broken Machine”.


Broken Machine is a perfect showcase for the vocal and guitar talents of Ash Wilson, who easily fits into that classic rock/blues sound and is perfect for modern times and also commercial enough (I hope) for a lot of radio air-play...just the sort of music you can listen to while driving.  Some elements of this track and the way it is produced do remind me of classic 80s and 90s sounds and bands such as Duran Duran at their best.  At the same time though Ash Wilson still manages to make a very commercial sounding track without losing his classic blues based roots and sounds.

Words of A Woman (also taken from the Broken Machine album)  is the second track on this single and tells the story of the break up of a relationship due to the  infidelity of the man, and it is just a classic slice of blues based soul.  Part of that classic soul sound feeling also goes to Bob Fridzema playing one very sweet sounding Hammond Organ.  The song may be new, but it is telling a version of an age old story that never goes away, and any music enthusiasts who say they just don’t make songs like those old Stax and Atlantic recordings need to listen to this one…this track just sounds like it belongs back then with them, but again somehow  has just enough of something else in the mix to belong to today as well.


Two tracks showing two completely different sides of the music and song writing talents of Ash Wilson, and I have no doubt that we are watching here the very early stages of a major talent starting to develop.

Review by

Tom King

Single Review Thursday 23rd February 2017

 

ASH WILSON BROKEN MACHINE ALBUM REVIEW

Ash Wilson Broken Machine CD Album Review Friday 27th January 2017

 

Broken Machine is the debut album from Ash Wilson, from Lincolnshire and one of England’s most distinctive vocalist, guitarists and song-writers, and the ten tracks on this album display a musician/ songwriter who has a natural understanding of the musical dynamics of the many different styles here.


Ash Wilson is a musician/songwriter steeped not only in the musical styles of the blues, but also the cultural history of the songs and their many historical sources , and “Broken Machine” reflects both musically and lyrically that depth of connection with both the music and its history.


“Broken Machine” for me is a little bit like listening to a musical time machine as there are songs here that clearly owe their styles to earlier times ...a trip back into the 60s, 70, 80s and 90s, but all the time still managing to bring a new and up to date feel to them at the same time.  This debut album is a showcase of the wide range of styles that Ash Wilson can play and write in...there is something for everyone here, blues rock (Show Me How To Love You), an almost 1980s New Wave feel  (Worlds Gone Crazy),  more classic Blues sounding (Peace and Love), classic rock sounds for the title track “Broken Machine”, funkier sounds on “Out of Time”, and much more that lies in between all of these styles.


This album sees Ash Wilson working together with his brother Phil Wilson (drums and production) plus some other great musicians – Bob Fridzema (King King, Dana Fuchs), Roger Inniss (Chaka Khan, Laurence Jones) and special guest guitarist Jesse Davey (the Hoax) on “The Hitcher”.


Many people will highlight the obvious guitar talents of Ash Wilson, but you need something else extra to give you the edge in a highly competitive musical market these days, and Ash Wilson has that in his songwriting.  There are some good songs here that display an ability to capture a story, a moment in time in words. 


Also nice to hear on this album those classic Hammond organ sounds of Bob Fridzema. 


“Broken Machine” is one of those albums that you can just as easily listen to on a night in with some friends or on the road while you travel.  If I had to pick out a few favourites here, they would be “Words of a Woman” and the final track “Holding Hands”.  It will be interesting to hear how Ash Wilson develops in later albums some of the many musical threads that he has started to weave on this debut album. 

For more information about Ash Wilson visit

http://www.ashwilsonmusic.com/

BROKEN MACHINE

1 Show Me How to Love You

2 World's Gone Crazy

3 Peace and Love

4 Broken Machine

5 Words of a Woman

6 Out of Time

7 The Hitcher

8 Hold On Now

9 Lonely Room

10 Holding Hands

Ash Wilson’s album ‘Broken Machine’ is released on Friday 21st April.

Review by Tom King

Album Review Friday 27th January 2017

 

 

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