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McManus, Pat (Band) - 2011 Walking Through Shadows

ARTIST: McManus, Pat (Band)
ALBUM: Walking Through Shadows
LABEL: Bad Reputation
YEAR: 2011


LINEUP: Pat McManus - lead vocals, guitars, electric violin * Gordon Sheridan - bass, backing vocals * Paul Faloon - drums, percussion * John McCollough - keyboards * Maura Donaghy - backing vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Danger Zone * 02 Walking In the Shadow Of Giants * 03 Hey You * 04 Give Me Love * 05 Ready To Rock * 06 Short Sharp Shock * 07 Walking Shoes * 08 The Riddle * 09 E-Tap * 10 Slave To The Rhythm * 11 Oldest Rocker



If you're a Mamas Boys fan, then the name Pat McManus will be familiar to you then. The Irish band were a regular occurrence on the Brit hard rock scene during the 80's, starting off as a blues based hard rock band that switched to AOR for a brief stint, before reverting back to their roots. This latest offering from McManus is a hard-hitting affair, raw and unpretentious, with little in the way of glossy production to hide over the bumpy bits. It might be warts and all, but that doesn't stop Pat from churning out biting guitar rock in a traditional sense. Not really keeping tabs on Pat's solo career over the years, it surprised me somewhat that he's released four albums (this one included), and all have been issued by French label Bad Reputation. Soundwise, it's what we would classic rock, where a band like the recent Bachman Turner efforts would make for a comfortable fit. It's on the rockier side of blues, with a hint of trad southern rock thrown in for good measure.

The Songs
That latter comparison is a hand-fits-glove for the delta blues of 'Walking Through The Shadows Of Giants', whereas a track like 'Hey You' is a tough little rocker with the organ shining through the mix. 'Give Me Love' is the 'Black Velvet' sounding blues ballad on the album (perhaps Alannah Myles should be asking for royalties?). I like the raucous rocker 'Ready To Rock' which has an Aussie rock twang to it. 'Walking Shoes' is an emotive guitar-speak tune in the vein of the late Gary Moore, part-ballad part blues tear-jerker. Really enjoyed the basic RnR of 'The Riddle', while 'E-Tap' could be Steve Lynch masterclass in guitar-tapping played in front of a toe-tapping Irish jig back-beat. You gotta hear it to understand it! 'Slave To The Rhythm' is a chunky southern rocker with a hint of boogie, while 'Old Rocker' is an obvious piss-take with it's humourous nature and deliberate radio static mix making it sound as if it's 1930's radio music.

In Summary
I'll have to admit this is a cranky little album, and it's good for what it is. 'Walking Through Shadows' has a few identity problems, and can't decide whether it wants to be Celtic/Irish, southern rock or classic rock. There's enough contrast to keep things interesting, and the overall mix of styles is about right. Some of you might feel inclined to give this a chance, certainly to my ears it sounds closer to melodic southern rock, apart from one or two tracks that keep it traditional.

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