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Monday, June 16, 2008

Album Review, Blues Divine, That's What It Takes

Artist: Blues Divine
Title: That’s What It Takes
Writer: Rick Galusha

Kentucky born guitarist Phillip Franchini debuts his blues chops on the 2006 recording, ‘Blues Divine’ (available on CDBaby.com) Now residing in Southern California, according to the net, Franchini has also released the Flamenco/ Classical album, ‘Paleo’ under the moniker Phillipo Franchini after spending numerous years overseas. Regardless of his musical meanderings Franchini is a competent player with a polished pallet for arrangements and smooth vocal lines. His distinctive voice is warm and, wonder of wonders, he can carry a tune.

Throughout the Blues Divine album Franchini displays a wide range of musical styles while maintaining a comfortable sound that most blues fans will immediately warm to. From the up-tempo and radio friendly horn driven Little Milton style, ‘Other Men’s Crimes’ to a more traditional ‘Delta One’ Franchini seems comfortable moving about the blues spectrum with ease. Joined by Albert Lee and David Grishom, Franchini’s band includes a horn section that repeatedly graces with album with strong lines and good arrangements. Back-up vocalists C.C. White and Raquel Allegra add great depth and texture to Franchini’s able vocals.

This is a very smooth and readily digestible album of contemporary blues with strong melody lines and slick arrangements. I have to imagine that Franchini’s blues are right up the alley and in the pocket for non-Purists blues music fans that want to widen their scope to include new and skilled artists. I would speculate Blues Divine is to modern blues what the Doobie Brothers were to rock n’ roll; competent, perhaps too slick for critics but very popular, very skilled song writers that moved easily within the more commercial arenas with his easy to grasp arrangements and emoted lyrics. I would readily recommend this album to those blues fans looking for a bit more melody and a lot less twang-bar driven jamming.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

You won't belive this , but I am Philippo's mother, and lover of music of most genres, classical, chamber,opera, etc. but blues, only know the old ones. I knew he could do anything and this is a lovely and well deserved review. Thanks.