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Relentless
     

Relentless

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by Walter Trout
 
Walter Trout is a committed blues rocker who doesn’t believe in doing things halfway. When he solos, he gives it all he’s got; his guitar lines scream and shout, getting their message across with no skimping on intensity and open expression. A world-class player, Trout’s also a gritty and convincing vocalist and a fine songwriter, penning all 14 of the tracks on

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Walter Trout is a committed blues rocker who doesn’t believe in doing things halfway. When he solos, he gives it all he’s got; his guitar lines scream and shout, getting their message across with no skimping on intensity and open expression. A world-class player, Trout’s also a gritty and convincing vocalist and a fine songwriter, penning all 14 of the tracks on Relentless. He’s also got a band -- the Radicals -- that brings out the best in his vibrant music. Blues rock needs all the authentic heroes it can get; in Trout it has a champion it can count on.

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All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
Another in a series of undiluted blues-rock offerings from guitarist Walter Trout, Relentless, his 11th disc since 1990, doesn't offer any surprises. Released in conjunction with a DVD, the album was recorded live in the Netherlands club The Paradiso on a single day with little post-production sweetening or audience intervention. This results in a successful balance between sonics and concert sparks. For those who relish his by now standard brand of sturdy, guitar-heavy, Stevie Ray Vaughan-inspired music, Trout is in fine fret-shredding form here. But fans who'd like to see Trout swim in some new waters will find little of that on this outing. His music succeeds best live, where the sweat and intensity overrides lackluster, by-the-numbers Vaughan shuffles such as "Talk to Ya," a tune as ordinary as its title. Trout's gruff, everyman voice is acceptable, but it's difficult to do much with the "I had a hard childhood" lyrics of "Collingswood." Although it's too bad he's had a challenging upbringing, the heavy-handed approach makes you wish he'd hired a lyricist to express it more poetically. Interestingly, one of the album's best tracks is the gospel-infused ballad "Cry if You Want To," a beautiful melody reminiscent of the Rolling Stones' "Fool to Cry" where the remarkably succinct guitar solo supports the song instead of vice versa. "Lonely Tonight" is a rare solo acoustic track where Trout furiously bangs his unplugged guitar, but once again the tune is little more than a skeleton of a song. Then it's back to the same old, with the Steppenwolf-styled boogie of "Helpin' Hand," another in a series of excuses for Trout to pull out his meaty lead guitar licks. With his whiskey-soaked singing, hot strings, and fiery soloing, a little of this goes a long way, and 73 minutes is too much for all but the most relentless fans.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/12/2003
Label:
Ruf
UPC:
0710347108320
catalogNumber:
1083
Rank:
46022

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Relentless 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Walter Trout’s aptly-titled “Relentless” is the Huntington Beach, California-based artist’s 13th official release and boasts 14 songs that tap into his skills as singer, songwriter and virtuoso guitarist. Continuing an artistic climb that began with his 1998 major-label debut and included the equally strong “Livin’ Every Day” (1999) and “Go the Distance” (2001), his latest effort will not disappoint fans of his fiery and distinctive style. Recorded before a live audience at The Paradisio in Amsterdam in May of 2003, this is simply not a collection of studio tracks delivered in concert. In fact, Trout and the Radicals (keyboardist Sammy Avila, bassist Jimmy Trapp and drummer Joey Pafumi) use a selection of all-new tracks to exhibit the ensemble’s rocking blues, notably the impressive “The Life I Chose,” “Work No More” and “Mercy.” And while Trout’s guitar playing on his Fender six-string is as dazzling as ever, his strength as a vocalist is also right on mark, with his raw and emotive voice strengthening the rocking “Talk To Ya,” as well as the soulful “Lonely Tonight” and “Cry If You Want To.”