Livin' Every Day
First Appeared at The Music Box, August 1999, Volume 6, #8
Written by John Metzger
If you like your blues with a hard rockiní edge, then Liviní Every Day, the latest offering from Walter Trout may be just the thing for you. The album is his third U.S. release and his second with producer Jim Gaines. Gainesí past experience working with Stevie Ray Vaughan, Blues Traveler, and Santana, no doubt made him the perfect candidate to showcase the guitar virtuoso in a rock setting.
Backed by a powerhouse band, Trout rips wickedly delicious guitar solos as the band congeals around a pulsating groove. Like Vaughan, Mike Bloomfield, and Jimi Hendrix, Trout pushes the blues to their limit, capturing their essence and spewing it back at a ferocious velocity. Just listen as he and his band drive Let Me Know to a feverish pitch and turn the political rant Say What You Mean into a funky groove.
Trout also has his finger on the pulse of R&B, and he uses this on several tracks to show his softer side and smooth vocal ability. The spiritually moving Sweet Butterfly, a song he wrote for friends who lost their daughter in a tragic accident, could have easily fit on a Marvin Gaye album, and Fool for Love floats above a majestic backdrop of acoustic and electric guitar, piano, and organ.
Thereís definitely a little something for everyone on Liviní Every Day, and Troutís expressive guitar playing and deeply personal lyrics resonate with passion and conviction. So far, Trout has found larger success in Europe, but thatís certain to change as audiences throughout the U.S. tune into Troutís masterful technique and ability. Ĺ
1 Star: Pitiful
2 Stars: Listenable
3 Stars: Respectable
4 Stars: Excellent
5 Stars: Can't Live Without It!!
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