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Travers, Pat (Band) - 2013 Can Do

ARTIST: Travers, Pat (Band)
LABEL: Frontiers
YEAR: 2013


LINEUP: Pat Travers - guitars, vocals * Kirk McKim - guitars * Rodney O'Quinn - bass *Sandy Gennaro - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Can Do * 02 Stand Up * 03 Diamond Girl * 04 I'm With You * 05 Long Time Gone * 06 Wanted (That Was Then, This Is Now) * 07 Armed And Dangerous * 08 Here Comes The Rain Again * 09 Keep Calm & Carry On * 10 Dust & Bone * 11 Waitin' On The End Of Time * 12 Red Neck Boogie



It's good to see Canadian Pat Travers back in the hard rock groove once again. It's been a long time. Mid 80's was the last real-deal we saw from the gifted blues/rock guitarist. Sure, Pat has released a heap of albums in-between, but they've been aimed at the blues market mostly. A bit like what the late Gary Moore was doing. We did get something approaching his 70's/80's style with the Travers/Appice Project back in 2004, but 'Can Do' sounds like a return to the original pastures of his lengthy Polydor tenure. Rejoining him is drummer Jimmy DeGrasso, but essentially, this version of the band has been intact for a little while now, so there's a bit of familiarity there, and taking the live energy into the studio was pretty much a straight-forward process.

The Songs
Good to see the trusty flanger pedal has been bought out of the closet for the title track opener. Pat's vocals aren't as solid as his older stuff and that's to be expected, while Jimmy DeGrasso demonstrates a lead foot with some tub-thumping kick drum work. Listen to some massive guitar wailing on Stand Up', and on this one, Pat definitely brings back some remnant of youth. That guitar tone is definitely something that six-string weekend warriors should aspire to. 'Diamond Girl' is wistful stuff, perhaps similar to some of the smooth material found on his 80's LP's rather than 70's. 'I'm With You' churns out some slide guitar and there's some all-round background vocal contribution from the rest of the band. Wow, what's going down on the rampant 'Long Time Gone'? Guitar overkill for sure, massive wall of sound everywhere. It's the sort of track that Aerosmith only dreamed they could've churned out during their drug-addled years of the late 70's. Is it copyist to suggest that 'Wanted (That Was Then, This Is Now)' is cowpoke Bon Jovi all over again? Not quite, and really it's only the title that might appear to be a giveaway, though the chorus might furrow an eyebrow like Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson! 'Armed And Dangerous' takes us for a trip down to Gator Country with some southern fried funk and boogie. Turning things on its head is The Eurhythmics cover 'Here Comes The Rain Again'. A different version for sure. I didn't like the original, and this one doesn't zing my string either. 'Keep Calm & Carry On' has a slinky late 70's vibe that's part R&B and rock. The double-tracked guitars are loud, perhaps Pat borrowed Nick Paine's infamous guitar tracking machine that he used for his under-achieving Centaurus LP? 'Dust & Bones' is straight out of the Duke Of Hazzard storybook. Southern as, perhaps even Georgia? 'Waitin' On The End Of Time' is another of those slinky cool Travers guitar experiments. Not quite blues but engaging nonetheless. Taking the boogie style one step further is 'Red Neck Boogie', a song that could apply equally to Australian bogans as well as good ol' southern boys! Cheers boys.. bottoms up!

In Summary
The mixture of styles is on a par with Travers' previous albums, with the exception of 'Crash & Burn' which had very little in the way of blues on it and too much synthesizer. Pat is well overdue on his return to hard rock, and though not as polished as those earlier efforts, there's still a lot to admire in the man's attention to detail when combining hard rock with the blues.

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#1 | Jez on August 29 2013 15:24:34
I love PT earlier material, 'Makin' Magic', 'Putting It Straight' 'Heat In The Streets' Crash and Burn' and the seminal 'Go For What You Know' live album are all discs that any self respecting rock music fan should own. I Never really bothered with much of his latter day blues albums, so when I heard 'Can Do' for the first time I was expecting more Blues than anything else. It's certainly no 'Makin' Magic', but what it is is PT going back to his 70's harder rock material and pulling it off with some class. Opener and title track 'Can Do' is a belter, as are 'Armed and Dangerous', 'Red Neck Boogie' and 'Dust And Bone'. I'm not sure about his cover of the Eurythmics 'Here Comes The Rain Again', good song though it is and 'Diamond Girl' and 'Wanted (That Was Then/ This Is Now)' are a bit on the soft side as well and don't work as well as the more rocking tracks. Overall though, this is a real pleasant surprise and well worth checking out if you are into PT's aforementioned hard rock stuff.
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