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Darren Watson - Introducing Darren Watson Album Review

10 Nov 2014 // A review by blues.bass
Introducing Darren WatsonThese are the facts of the case:

Darren Watson should need no introduction. Yet, he and his music were introduced to a whole new audience with the ongoing kerfuffle over his song Planet Key. As Darren himself puts it, he “fought the law, and the judge reserved his decision". While we all wait for the judge to pass down his ruling (which has implications for everyone involved in the music industry in this country, by the way), Darren has released his latest album Introducing Darren Watson.

Let’s not mince words, the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth is Darren, and his band, is world class. It would be too trite to say that this album proves it, because that was quite conclusively proved a long time ago.

Introducing Darren Watson takes off where his previous record Saint Hilda's Faithless Boy left off. The 8 original songs are typical Watson. These tunes hint at Booker T and the MG’s, the tasteful addition of horns supply a Motown feel and there is more than a little touch of the soulfulness of Robert Cray in his prime.

Yet, the record remains uniquely Watsonesque with those trademark stumbling shuffles which are as powerful as being hit by a falling tree - and just as dangerous. The two Bill Lake songs are expertly covered and a fitting tribute to one of his heroes. This is a record full of fat groves, soulful vocals and brilliant musicianship.

Darren Watson should need no introduction, but if you haven’t met him yet... buy this record and get acquainted.
Not doing so should be a crime.

These are the facts of the case, and they are undisputed.
Introducing Darren Watson
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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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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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