On this, his third CD, Walker is his usual eclectic self. For sure, those folks who love his acoustic blues and slide work will be pleased, but they'll probably be pleasantly surprised as well. Rather than getting 'nasty' as he sometimes does with his slide, this CD has a sweeter timbre. Milepost 5 opens with two 'gettin'-after-it' tunes. Both show Walker's aggressive attack and his penchant for rhythmic blues. But on the third track, he jerks the listener into a completely different mood. That track, 'Old and Wild', is about the agony and tragedy of old age. As the liner notes state, listeners who've dealt with the issues of an aging parent might find themselves 'cut to the quick, if not the bone.' The slide work here is simplistic, but sounds as if someone is crying. Listening to the entire CD, you'll find yourself on an emotional roller coaster. Walker mixes up little shuffles, some R&B, sad ballads, and in a couple of cases, plays with a minimal touch. Check out 'Smile'. Instead of his usual flurry of notes, he shows us the 'sometime-it's-what-you-don't-play-that-matters' style of guitar. On two of the songs, 'Marshmallow Man' and 'Oh Susannah', he puts a dash of a jazz-feel to the songs. They're both wonderful recordings with a warm sound and touch. The guitar arrangement on 'Oh Susannah' is especially rich, and rather than the trotting tempo of the original, Walker's pace is more of a slightly tipsy lope. 'Should You Need Me' comes with a caveat. If you have a loved one or friend who has suffered a grievous tragedy, and you've stood by helplessly, wanting to help, but unable to, this song can hurt. Walker wanted to draw emotional blood with this song - he did. Sometimes fun, sometimes somber - sometimes fast, sometimes slow - This CD is extraordinary in that one man, with only his voice, his guitar, and some well-written songs keeps the listener engaged throughout the CD. Review provided by the Reverend G. Kedie.
You May Also Like
Page 1 of