Willie Logan: Devil in the Detail

~ Monday, 15 February 2010
Willie Logan knows his way around a guitar. The blues is his forte and he has shown in the past that he knows how to rock out like the best of the them, but this album shows a more mellow side to both his playing and songwriting. Logan may hail from Fife in Scotland but the music on here is firmly planted in the Mississippi delta. The influences are here for all to see, BB King & Robert Johnson are the most obvious but Satriani is also in there.

Things kick off with the blues of Angelina where Logan shows he has a voice to match his guitar playing. The overall vibe of the album is pretty mellow with a batch of laid back ballads in the shape of Guess Who and the particularly fine acoustic Hollow Man, with shades of Steely Dan about it, setting the mood.

Losing The Plot has a darker edge that sounds like a bluesy Deep Purple while on Let Life Flow Logan's vocals at times sound uncannily like Robert Plant circa the Fate Of Nations album. This is a great album with some undeniably good songs on it, but at 14 tracks it perhaps suffers from being to long.

If your bag is guys like Joe Bonamassa and Eric Johnson then I'm sure you will love the songs on this album and Logan proves he certainly has the guitar skills to match both them. Which begs the question... Why is Willie Logan not as big as these guys?


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