Broken Landsby Indigenous
Though Indigenous had started as a group including several members of the family of frontman Mato Nanji, by the time of Broken Lands it was really just a name he was using for recordings that were essentially solo vehicles. There's still a family connection in his wife, Leah Nanji, who co-wrote the material with Mato, but Mato dominates the proceedings as guitarist, singer, and songwriter. Though Indigenous have been described and classified as a blues-rock group, in truth Broken Lands is more a set of heartland American rock that owes more to, say, Bruce Springsteen than it does to Muddy Waters. Nanji sings earnest, cleanly produced roots rock-oriented tunes in a slightly throaty voice that are anthemic, but more grimly determined in their mood than joyful. Accomplished blues-rock chops are sometimes evident in some of his guitar licks, especially on the closing number, "Wailing." While undeniably a sincere and serious effort, in all it's rather routine mainstream guitar rock, its influences from the blues and Nanji's Native American heritage fairly slight.
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- Vanguard Records
Performance CreditsIndigenous Primary Artist
Jamie Candiloro Background Vocals
Johnny Fairchild Drums
Mato Nanji Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Kris Lager Guitar
Technical CreditsJamie Candiloro Producer
Georgette Cartwright Creative Services Coordinator
Mato Nanji Composer
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Mato who is one of the most underrated guitarist of this century again shows forth the talent that will make him a sensation in the music industry. This CD only supports those of us who enjoy his music.
Another killer album. Indigenous has always had their own take on the Stevie Ray Vaughn blues sound, but with this album they go deeper toward a sound of their own. There's a soulful song here about life on the reservation (Place I Know). I think I read Mato's wife helped with the lyrics this time. I see them about twice a year when they come through Manhattan. Usually they play at the B.B. King Blues Club on 42nd Street. Man, they've got chops for days.