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April Wine - 2006 Roughly Speaking

ARTIST: April Wine
ALBUM: Roughly Speaking
LABEL: April Wine (Self Released)
YEAR: 2006


LINEUP: Myles Goodwyn - vocals, guitars * Brian Greenway - guitars * Jim Clench - bass * Jerry Mercer - drums, percussion

TRACK LISTING: 01 Saw Someone (That Wasn't There) * 02 I've Had Enough For Now (I Wanna Go Home) * 03 Night Life * 04 Sheila * 05 You Don't Even Know (How I Love You So) * 06 I Am, I Am * 07 Life Goes On * 08 If You're Comin' (I'm Out Of Here)



Talk about winding down a career in a slow methodical way. Canadians April Wine have traversed four decades with their brand of hard rock. The most recent of their decades, the 21st century has seen them survive the new millennium with three original members still in tow. 2006's 'Roughly Speaking' is all about going back to the future. It's their first album since 2001's 'Back To The Mansion', the band's album releases have been sporadic rather than regular during the 1992-2006 era. For a point of difference, April Wine reverted to analog technology for the release of 'Roughly Speaking'. They've wound back the clock too, taking on a decidedly expansive blues style - something even the late Stevie Ray Vaughan may have been interested in..

The Songs
Roughly speaking (excuse the pun), this is April Wine celebrating their career with a quick short sharp blast of classic rock. This is beer coaster stained rock with an emphasis on 70's values, rather than their flashy 80's melodic rock/AOR back catalogue. It's organic and down to earth stuff, and at only eight tracks, this lines up alongside a half pints worth of audio beverage rather than the full pint glass. From the opening bluesy strains of 'Saw Someone (That Wasn't There)' to the mild near Dire Straits affair of 'Life Goes On', there's a bit of Texas, Tennessee and bar room boogie from London's Blues Clubs to satisfy. 'I've Had Enough' touches the torchlight of Foghat whereas 'Night Life' navigates deep into the six string heart and soul of Johnny Winter even if it's only for a brief 3 minutes! 'Sheila' could best be described as commercial sixties British blues mixed with a slight rockabilly sound. Don't let my description put you off, it ain't that bad. The rockiest moment here is 'I Am I Am', with some coarse guitar lines and an attitude befitting a Saturday night covers band getting ready to wind up their set!

In Summary
At 24 minutes, this CD isn't going to set the world alight. Being self produced, 'Rough Speaking' is not April Wine at their peak - far from it. The album is dedicated to long time fans, though musically it's quite some way removed from their Capitol/Aquarius label days, where strong songwriting and glossy production values ruled the roost. A quirky set at best, but a little on the rough side and short on minutes.

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#1 | rkbluez on December 09 2008 11:29:04
It still has some good blues based tunes and some tasty guitar solo's from Myles and Brian to lift them up. Still it is way too short and could of used 2 - 3 more songs. Not your typical AW but not totally bad either if your into the older 70's blusey rock style you'll like some of the songs....the singing and playing is fine as always with AW.
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