Mick Wynne : Mick I — by The World of Mick
Mick Wynne will release his first full studio album titled Mick I — by The World of Mick. Release on 7 June 2019 via
AWAL/Kobalt. The first single from the album is Beautiful Thing.
Mick's debut album brings together a group of talented friends including the much-vaunted pedal-steel guitarist B. J. Cole, the Irish singer Patrick Bergin, Jim Mortimore (bass) and ace engineer Joe Gibb (mixing, additional production) — to help him celebrate his many passions: his influences & inspirations, the brothers-in-music he has met along the way, his sense of place & time, his rich musical heritage, his diligent morality, and perhaps most importantly of all, the complex relationships he's had with life partners. The love of a woman, he says, has kept him, “going strong...”
So, perhaps fittingly, the new album begins with a number he describes as: “a dedicated love song…and tribute to feminine power” “The Love of My Woman” has a busking rhythmic drive and excellent vocal power. This is a song that recalls the kind of dirt-road blues that wouldn't have been out of place on the Dockery Plantations, down Ruleville way, in the mid-1930s… let alone played in seedy taverns along the Kilburn High Road in the 1980s. The solo singer-guitarist is helped along the byway by the clink & chatter of Matt Gest's bar-room piano and there's a glorious electric guitar-solo midpoint to lend the piece the flavour of Texas rock-blues, a la Stevie Ray Vaughan — although the song-style and lyricism might remind the listener of early Lennon.
“French Blooze” (with Patrick Bergen) has a sense of Parisian vagabond-panache with blanched voices and a characteristic twang. The love-lost lyrics are deeply melancholy and set against Anja McCloskey's stray accordion.
Mick says that “Beautiful Thing” is his “always in love” song. It rocks along with guileless charm and has a nifty sing-along chorus. But, just as a Lennon and McCartney might number have, especially post “Revolver” — this track has a carefully constructed, experimental and ethereal episode that might remind the listener of one of Joe Meek's production numbers, circa 1961.
“Don’t deny the past...” Mick tells his mates. “Or at least be honest with your denial...” So the song titled: “Don't Be A Prisoner to Your Past(Scots Lament)” is perhaps apposite. It begins with a barbershop-style segment of a cappella but the song soon tumbles into a jingle-jangle of strumming, bright-eyed breeziness. This is a humblebummish folk-pop ditty.
The Latin-infused dance number “La Troc”(a track Mick wrote with regular collaborator Phil Saatchi) has segments of finely sliced guitar(reminiscent of Santana) that are scattered under the hint of turbulent salsa rhythm and jazz violin. Of course, spirituality leaks from the pores.
One of the most ear-catching tracks on ”Mick I” is the balladic “Free Ride” with a song-sound that embraces the heavy-eyed, perhaps even laconic dryness, of Johnny Cash. Although, the calm bass-baritone vocal is replaced by an awkward cynicism and acerbic style that's very similar to Bob Dylan's song mode. (Mick readily admits his vocal influences include Tom Petty and Kris Kristofferson.)
And while Mick freely confesses that he's still “Looking for love...” the neat, McCartneyesqe Merseybeat number, “I'll Always Be With You” is gradually formed into a burst of memories and joy.
If you like songs of suffering and redemption, courage and forgiveness, and the blues of satisfaction — often cleverly rendered with skiffle beats, joy-filled vocal harmonies and catchy choruses — welcome to the World of Mick.
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