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Trout, Walter - ordinary madness ~ limited box-set edition [2020]
Limited Edition Box-Set with 4 Guitar Picks, 2 Coasters, 1 Postcard and 1 Sticker! Sehr schöne Aufmachung! Schlichtweg famoses, neues Album des begnadeten Gitarrenvirtuosen, Sängers, Songwriters und ehemaligen Percy Mayfield-, John Lee Hooker-. und John Mayall-Sideman. Ein absolutes Blues-/Bluesrock-Phänomen seit mehr als 4 Dekladen. Der Mann ist unverwüstlich! Walter Trout scheint sich in seinem x-ten Frühling zu befinden und liefert mit "Ordinary Madness" ein Album ab, bei dem sich ein grandioser Song an den nächsten reiht. Seine Stimme und sein Gesang waren nie besser, die Songs strotzen nur so vor hinreissenden Melodien, aber auch vor Inspiration, Seele und Kraft, vor Hingabe und Leidenschaft. Dazu sein überragendes Gitarrenspiel mit immer wieder herausragenden Soli, wunderbar eingebunden in das exzellente Songmaterial. Sehr schön auch der immer mal wieder aufkommende Southern-Spirit, aber auch die bei dem ein oder anderen Stück dezent wahrnehmbaren Heartland Rock-Spuren, ohne dabei je die bluesigen Roots zu vernachlässigen. Alles kommt in vollendeter Harmonie, wirkt aber gleichzeitig erdig, natürlich, angeraut, performt mit unbeschwerter, meisterhafter Spielfreude. Eine absolute Wohltat für unsere Blues- und Bluesrock-Ohren. Das ist pure Qualität! Walter Trout in absoluter Höchstform!

Hier noch ein Original U.S.-Review:

It would seem all but impossible for an artist to produce an album that sounds original and inspired on their 29th attempt, but that is exactly what Walter Trout achieves on Ordinary Madness. Recorded at Robbie Krieger’s studio, the eleven tracks share common themes of time, mortality, and love, all while managing to sound vastly different from one another. Honest love songs follow crushingly hard rockers, which in turn lead into western-tinged blues tales. There are nearly as many types of songs as tracks on the set.
The unusual, synthesized introduction to “Ordinary Madness” sets the stage for a jazz infused blues number about mental health and the madness that pervades our society. Typically great guitar work, laid over Teddy “Zig Zag” Andreadis’s Rhodes piano, highlights the musical half of the tune, but the real takeaway is the lyrical content. With clever turns of phrase and personal admissions, Trout composes stanzas that stand on their own, apart from the music.
“Wanna Dance” shifts the tone into hard-charging rock, bolstered by crunchy guitar stabs and gritty vocals, while the softer, “My Foolish Pride,” and the western-tinged tale, “Heartland,” round out a diverse opening quartet. On “Heartland,” Trout peers through the eyes of a young woman searching for more, and reflects on the difficult decision that he and countless others have made in leaving home to live their fullest lives.
In a more direct fashion, Ordinary Madness explores the themes of time and its effects—aging and mortality. Most of the selections on the second half of the album deal with time, even if only tangentially. Trout expertly expresses feelings of sadness and loss through soaring guitar work on “All Out of Tears,” a song co-written with Teeny Tucker about her late son. On “Final Curtain Call”—arguably the best track of the set among several candidates—the upbeat tempo and riff-based groove offer a counterpoint to Trout’s musings on his own mortality. On “The Sun Is Going Down,” he addresses the topic head on, singing “And time has no mercy, it just don’t seem to care.” Representative of the album’s range as a whole, the piece starts with melodic vocalizations, moves into a reverb-soaked slow-burn, and ends as a chunky uptempo instrumental jam featuring more than a couple of blistering guitar runs. Multifaceted in its own way, “OK Boomer” can be read as a tongue-in-cheek critique, a lighthearted generational anthem, or just a great rock and roll track to sing along to.
The album is consistently great cover to cover. Perhaps not mentioned enough is the sheer quality of the music. As expected, the band is stellar, and a couple of contributions by additional musicians fill in any imagined holes in the mix. Simply put, if listeners are looking for weaknesses, they will have a hard time finding them. More likely, they will discover songs and segments worth listening to again and again from different approaches: once for the music, once for the theme, and again for moments of instrumental bliss. For an album that broaches some deeply personal subjects, Ordinary Madness succeeds in being universally relatable, not to mention extremely enjoyable. It is one of Trout’s best entries in his extensive catalog.
(Willie Witten / Blues Rock Review)

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. Ordinary Madness - 6:45
2. Wanna Dance - 4:29
3. My Foolish Pride - 5:55
4. Heartland - 4:26
5. All Out Of Tears - 6:31
6. Final Curtain Call - 5:39
7. Heaven In Your Eyes - 4:14
8. The Sun Is Going Down - 5:24
9. Make It Right - 4:59
10. Up Above My Sky - 4:39
11. OK Boomer - 4:38

Art-Nr.: 10139
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Rock
Status: Neuheit || Typ: CD || Preis: € 16,90

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