Danny Bryant has a new album “Revelation”, and it has swiftly become one of my favourites of this year to date. Released on Friday 20th April 2018 on the “Jazzhaus” label, this will be Danny Bryant’s fourth studio album, and there are more than a few musical gems amongst its tracks. “Revelation” is a very personal album to Danny Bryant, and that shines through in the songs. Although there are excellent music and production values on this album, I do ask people to really listen to the words of the songs this time round as this is to me where the strength and power of “Revelation” really lies. As well as some new “classics”, there are also a few strong covers of non Danny Bryant written material.
If, like me, you are old enough to have heard the sounds of the 60s, 70s and 80s first time round then you will recognise immediately many of the inspirational sources behind some of these songs. By saying that I do not mean that Danny Bryant has taken other people’s work, but that every musician works from what inspires them, and many musicians of Danny’s generation are simply discovering, exploring, and adapting the sounds of my younger days into something new and contemporary for both themselves and their generation of listeners.
Starting with the first (and title track) from this album, “Revelation”, I was immediately taken back to the sounds of the 1970s, but this is a deceptive track as beneath the music and classic rock vocals there is a real story in the lyrics of man’s inhumanity to his fellow man (and child). I am not sure as to quite why, but “Revelation” and many of the tracks on this album set for me an almost spiritual (and at times almost Biblical in words) overtone to this album as the very nature of love, relationships, addictions, frailties and failures are all examined.
“Shouting at The Moon” is without doubt the most personal track on this album and a personal and musical tribute to Danny’s father (Ken Bryant) - a touching memory of their last night together before he passed away. If any track on the album gets us close to the inner person of Danny Bryant then this is the one. Wonderful lyrics here that like all the great songs can mean so much to so many people for so many different reasons.
The old blues classic “May I have a Talk With You” gets a great outing here. Many greats of the past, including Howlin’ Wolf, Buddy Guy and Stevie Ray Vaughan have marked their own stamp on this song, but this version can happily stand there amongst the other classics.
“Someday The Rains Will Fall” by John Mellencamp is the other “cover” on this album, and musically and lyrically fits seamlessly into the overall musical and lyrical narrative of “Revelation”.
Danny Bryant has already received well deserved attention as a musician, but this album really shows that there is also a fine songwriter here too.
REVELATION TRACK LISTING
- LIARS TESTAMENT
- SOMEDAY THE RAINS WILL FALL
- TRUTH OR DARE
- SHOUTING AT THE MOON
- SISTER DECLINE
- MAY I HAVE A TALK WITH YOU
- YOURS FOR A SONG
“Sister Decline” is available now in digital download and 180 gram vinyl formats
Danny Bryant will also be on tour in May/June with the “Revelation Tour”. Special guest Steve Hill will be at some shows too.
For further information on Danny Bryant, his music, and of course the upcoming tour visit
Review by Tom King