CD Review: Martin Eley: '4' I played this collection many times to find where it was coming from before I realised it was simply consummate musicians saying 'this is what we can do. Enjoy.' - and I certainly did. Influences abound, from the explosive Jon Hiseman's Coliseum meets Chicago Transit Authority kick-off through gentle Granados, Grapelli, to Buddy Guy with attitude, Dwight Yoakum, and Queen, this album is sheer entertainment. It's alive and in your face, a take off the business suit, don the leather waistcoat and cavort around your patio with a strong drink music. Tell the neighbours who complain about the noise to get a life. Full of energy and the joy of being able to create art at this level there are also some welcome quiet moments of innovative and gentle guitar - just to give us leather waistcoat wearers a brief rest before the blues-rock kicks in. More peaceful guitar work that Robbie MacIntosh and Kevin Dempsey would be proud of leads us to a high energy penultimate Track 8 the likes of which I haven't heard since Queen lost Freddie Mercury. With the vocal delivery it's a salute, brilliantly executed. Martin teases us with the final 'relax, this is me just tuning up again' offering, then it's all over, leaving you wanting more -much much more. Geoff Green, Editor, Springboard Media.
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