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Darren Watson - Saint Hilda’s Faithless Boy Album Review

04 Sep 2012 // A review by blues.bass

They say good things come to those that wait, and it has been a long wait between albums from one of this country's premier blues men, Darren Watson.
There has been more than half a decade between the release of Watson's previous album 'South Pacific Soul' and his latest 'Saint Hilda's Faithless Boy'.

To label Watson as purely a blues man is perhaps doing him a disservice.
He is as surely rooted in the blues as bad whiskey and evil women, but he is also much more than that.
Not only does Watson have perhaps the finest blues band in the country at present, I'm sure that if he had the inclination and set his mind to it he would have the best soul band, the best R 'n' B band and probably the best pop band in the country too.
In fact, if he wasn't such an excellent blues player and worked more in those other genres he'd probably be more famous.

With a thoroughly excellent band behind him (outstanding drummer Richard Te One; totally in the pocket bassist Elliotte Fuimaono; and keyboard player extraordinaire Alan Norman) Watson rides the groove throughout with exemplary vocal and guitar tone that effortlessly blends the soulful, swamp rock, hard biting blues of tunes such as Love Is An Ocean, Got It All and A Desperate Man with the haunting acoustic slide of My Love Will Never Die.

If you’re looking for a blues record full of blistering, meaningless, endless guitar solos than this record isn’t for you.
If you’re looking for something a bit more grown-up and heartfelt... then you’ve found it.

We can only hope that that the wait between 'Saint Hilda's Faithless Boy' and Watson's next release won't be so long.
But, if that wait produces such results as this latest one, then it will be surely worth it.

 

About Darren Watson

No-one plays the blues like Darren Watson. Over the better part of three decades he has developed a style that, while touching on all of the greats who inspired him, is personal, powerful and identifiably his own.

Watson gained national fame in the 80s as the young front-man and guitar-slinger for Smokeshop. The band made two albums, had several radio hits, opened for numerous international blues legends and toured tirelessly, earning Watson a place alongside the likes of Midge Marsden, Hammond Gamble and Rick Bryant as one of New Zealand's best blues interpreters.


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Releases

Too Many Millionaires
Year: 2018
Type: Album
Introducing Darren Watson
Year: 2014
Type: Album
Saint Hilda's Faithless Boy
Year: 2010
Type: Album
South Pacific Soul
Year: 2005
Type: Album
King Size
Year: 2002
Type: Album

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