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Monday, April 28, 2008

Sweden's Slidin' Slim and "One Man Riot"

Artist: Slidin’ Slim
Title: One Man Riot

Writer: Rick Galusha

In vein that crosses the music and playing of Watermelon Slim with the marketing chutzpah of The Black Keys, the latest release by Swedish born and bred, ‘Slidin’ Slim,’ entitled, “One Man Riot” is a respectable release from an artist who is most incongruous to the sound. You see, while the sound is well replicated of a steel body Blues slide guitar, “Slim” is young, white and Swedish. But his album is neither clichĂ© ridden nor trite. It takes some listens but its fun and much like the highly regarded releases by that Oklahoma trash hauler Watermelon Slim – it does preserve a sound that is the antithesis of commercial and does so in a way that is, well, fun.

On the second track, ‘Devil in Disguise” Slim creates a sonic curtain to sing against using a unique picking to create an impression of mystery and danger. Quite literally this could be a Watermelon Slim album…except that it isn’t. Even the vocal accents are similar.

This isn’t an album that most people are going to run out and pick up. It too similar to Watermelon Slim; however, if given exposure it’s a good solid effort that fills a highly niched genre. Like most “white” players this record is easy to listen to and has a lyrical sort of pop sensibility to it: rather than the harsh cutting ‘delta sound’ of early recordings.

For sometime Sweden has been putting together nice blues based albums including serving as a recording base for Eric Bibb and others. If you’re interested in getting a feel for the blues outside of these United States this may well be an excellent example. Other than sales off the stage or due to some expatriate interest, I can’t see this album seeing much domestic success albeit a very solid record by a talented up n’ comer.

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