This latest album is superb contemporary blues rock with a musical landscape demonstrating the diversity of South African born Patlansky’s playing and song writing.
The album is the complete package… funky blues, punchy rock numbers, blistering guitar solos, and heartfelt ballads. Patlansky’s sound has great tone. With tracks like the epic “Your War,” you get a slowly building number in the vein of Led Zeppelin’s “Since I’ve Been Loving You” through to a rip roaring, wah infused crescendo. His solos demonstrate his appreciation of space; it’s almost as much about the notes he doesn’t play as the ones he does.
The opening track, “Backbite,” is a funky, soulful number complete with Stevie Wonder-esque “Superstition” style organ playing, leading onto the huge sounding, slide guitar monster, “Pop Collar Jockey,” ala Joe Bonamassa’s “Ballad of John Henry.”
“Taking Chances” is one of the stand-out tracks on the album. A straight up blues rock number, with Stevie Ray Vaughan inspired undertones and a fast and fierce solo.
Patlansky is a relatively unknown quantity in the UK, but not for long. Having recently opened for Bruce Springsteen in front of an audience of 64,000 in Johannesburg, and an impending debut UK date at the Borderline in London, big things are coming for Dan.
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This article was first published on National Rock Review.