Album review

Doug Prescott Band 

Blues in the Sea of Key

added: 15 Apr 2013 // release date: 25 Jan 2013 // label:
reviewer: Daniel Davidson-Amadi

Doug Prescott Band - Blues in the Sea of Key - Printable version
Doug Prescott is an artist from a bygone era who has his roots ingrained firmly within the blues rock scene he grew up listening to and imitating, and even in 2013 he refuses to dilute his Americana ethics with possibly more mainstream contemporary music varieties. This could be a good or bad thing depending what your view is on 60/70s type soul; the very kind that was once played in in ramshackle Ďwatering holesí and convertible Cadillacís back in that time. Personally, I canít get enough of it and hereís hoping the genre experiences a big, but highly improbable, resurgence.

Naturally within Blues in the Key of Sea, the guitars play a leading role within each composition, accompanied by tricky trickling of a jiving piano, but donít expect downbeat depressed songs; no, these are bluegrass tracks composed to uplift and inspire with their brightness and richness of tone and up-tempo conveyance.

Prescott himself has a completely adequate voice; heís no muddy waters but itís clear to note that he isnít making a concerted attempt to be anything but himself. This is also pertinent within each of the songs which transmute between several nuances that enrich the albumís freshness and make it attractive to a modern audience. Amongst the confident rhythms, the band threw in country and even reggae to make this collection of expressive records as eclectic as the cosmopolitan assemblage of members who contributed on it.

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