Dan Patlansky delivers a seriously fierce, fiery representation of his take on old-school blues and early rock. It’s a 10-track musical accomplishment that is sure to leave any blues fan wanting more of his work. The album is a strong testament to Patlansky’s talent, and a welcome addition to any blues enthusiast’s library. With Patlansky himself a producer of the album, his creative control was certainly able to flourish and produce something genuinely his.
Dan Patlansky returns with Introvertigo, the followup to Dear Silence Thieves, which was voted Blues Rock Review’s top album of 2014. Patlansky first grabbed our attention in 2012 with 20 Stones, which came in at number 10 on 2012’s annual list. With that said, obviously expectations for Introvertigo are high, especially with the worldwide success of Dear Silence Thieves. The album begins with the hard rocking “Run.” Dan goes back to the blues with the next track, “Poor Old John.” Patlansky does a really good job of mixing styles on the record. “Loosen The Grip” starts with a brooding piano solo complimented by some tasteful licks that make for a really cool vibe. “Heartbeat” is a dirty blues rocker that’s pretty raw before exploding into the chorus. “Stop The Messin” has an upbeat, modern feel and would make a good candidate for radio play. “Bet On Me” also could be another candidate for a single.
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Give Jim Belushi and Dan Aykroyd credit for at least one thing: the subtitle of "Big Men - Big Music" to their 2003 album, Have Love Will Travel, is pretty fun, and partially accurate. The two comedians-cum-retro-bluesmen are indeed big men, and they at the very least have a big band: the back cover features no less than 12 musicians, including the duo, begging the question of just how much does the Have Love Will Travel Revue actually pull in per gig. That's a question better settled by accountants and auditors, of course, but a lot of musicians does mean that the music at the very least sounds busy, even if it doesn't necessarily sound big. But that's really no change from Aykroyd's previous musical excursion, the Blues Brothers, who always utilized a big band to make faithful music.