Ramsay Midwood - Undone

Ramsay Midwood


First Appeared at The Music Box, October 2003, Volume 10, #10

Written by John Metzger



Forget the Doors of the 21st Century. Ramsay Midwood is the true reincarnation of Jim Morrison. Shoot Out at the OK Chinese Restaurant, his debut, provided plenty of fodder in support of this theory, but his recently released EP Undone is a more accurate representation. The pairing of the traditional Rattlesnake with Rollin’ in My Sweet Baby’s Arms is brought to a slow, Bo Diddley-style boil, that calls to mind Morrison’s frequent jaunts through Who Do You Love?, while the opening wallop of Prophet Omega Riff and Chicago simmers in its Gloria-derived groove. It’s clear that Midwood not only understands Morrison and his love of the blues, but that he also has a firm grasp of those artists who inspired him. A cover of the Grateful Dead’s He’s Gone is darker, duskier, and far grittier than anything that Garcia and company conjured — think of what the Dead might have done with it had Pigpen been the lead vocalist — and Link Wray’s Hobo Man veers off into a hybrid of country, blues, and rock that warrants comparisons with Creedence Clearwater Revival. At no point, however, does Midwood sound like he is simply mining the past to create an imitation of it. Instead, his heartily impassioned performances on Undone are full of the blood and guts that Morrison spilled on stage, night after night, at the peak of his abilities. starstarstar ˝



1 Star: Pitiful
2 Stars: Listenable
3 Stars: Respectable
4 Stars: Excellent
5 Stars: Can't Live Without It!!


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