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Davis, Derek - 2017 Revolutionary Soul

ARTIST: Davis, Derek
ALBUM: Revolutionary Soul
LABEL: Apocalypse
YEAR: 2017


LINEUP: Derek Davis - all instruments, vocals, arrangements, production

TRACK LISTING: 01 Revolutionary Soul * 02 Rapture * 03 Valerie * 04 Think About It * 05 Love And Abuse * 06 Nobody Knows You When You're Down & Out * 07 Vicious Heart * 08 Woman's Gotta Have It * 09 King Of Fools * 10 Picture Of Love * 11 Stop! Wait A Minute * 12 All The Roads



This bloke many of you will remember from late 80's/early 90's melodic rockers Babylon A.D. That band hit the wall like so many others when the Seattle sound permeated the rock scene in the early 90's. The band released a couple of retrospective albums, plus a relatively new one in 2015 called 'Live@XXV'. The lead singer released the solo CD 'Revolt' in 2012 and follows it up with his latest offering 'Revolutionary Soul'.

The Songs
Now let's be clear, this album sounds nothing like Babylon A.D, so with that out of the way, I wouldn't be too far out on a limb by suggesting that Derek is channelling his inner 'James Brown' throughout 'Revolutionary Soul'. It's very 60's/70's sounding, funky, loads of fuzz guitar with wah-wah, and even touches of soul, particularly those brass parts. There's twelve tracks here, mostly in the three to four minute territory, and it's a decent listen overall, with some good moments. Stuff like this is not normally my cup of tea, but it held my attention, so that says something. For instance, 'King Of Fools' sounds similar to Jimmy Barnes, and elsewhere there is a bit of variety.

In Summary
If you've been watching TV shows such as 'Vinyl' and 'Lucas Cage', then you'll know those shows are laden with swampy, black funk/soul from the 70's. 'Revolutionary Soul' sounds as if it's been bestowed by the kings of those genres, a sound which might be forty years old but still has its place in 2017. Davis has delivered something which not altogether original, is a fresh update on a tried and true sound. He plays everything here, but I understand he is taking this project out as Derek Davis And The Revolutionary Souls, so no doubt they'll be playing live at some point. Break out the afro hairstyles and flared trousers why don't you!

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