CD review WALTER TROUT ‘Ordinary Madness’

While with Blues Pills a next generation of musicians picks up the Blues it’s guys like Walter Trout who belongs to the veterans of the genre with the melancholically singing guitar.

Life of the 69 years old guitarist hasn’t always be a straight and paved highway. Celebrating big successes is one part of his vita, but also strokes of fate hit the master of the Blues guitar. It was in 2014 when an incurable liver disease was diagnosed and only a liver transplantation could save Trout. Since then it feels like it was a decisive moment with a ‘new born’-effect.

After having been recovered, Walter Trout, started to work on a next album, which was ‘Battle Scars’, released in 2015. After two more records, of which ‘Survivor Blues’ is a cover album that pays attention to Blues classics, Trout releases these days with ‘Ordinary Madness’ a next studio album.

The guitarist penned eleven new songs, anchored in Blues, but having a broader approach too. (Hard) Rock, Blues and also a touch of Country is embedded in some of the tunes, the latter influences being weaved into the calmer ‘My Foolish Pride’.

‘Make it Right’ is a cool grooving song that spreads delight right away before ‘Up Above My Sky’ takes over and adds a certain Pink Floyd-ish vibe to the mix. ‘Up Above the Sky’ is a very atmospheric song with depth and soul, before turning into a more rocking one along the way.

‘Heartland’ is another track on ‘Ordinary Madness’ that I would like to highlight. The smoothly rocking Blues anthem is beautiful piece of work that touches right away and just gets better every time you press the ‘Start’-button again before the Southern-sounding ‘The Sun is Going Down’ adds another twist to the album.

‘Ordinary Madness’ is a longplayer that combines passion and emotion in a great way. Walter Trout and band mates have all the competence in-house to realize the musical vision with an ease that’s reflected by the album. Greatness doesn’t come from a smooth ride on the highway of life. It’s the scars that add personality and uniqueness to a vita, a fuel ‘Ordinary Madness’ certainly benefits from throughout.

Rating: 9 out of 10.

Tracklist:

  1. Ordinary Madness
  2. Wanna Dance
  3. My Foolish Pride
  4. Heartland
  5. All Out Of Tears
  6. Final Curtain Call
  7. Heaven in Your Eyes
  8. The Sun is Going Down
  9. Make it Right
  10. Up Above the Sky
  11. OK Boomer

Label: Provogue

Genre: Blues Rock

Release Date EU: August 28th, 2020

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