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SCOTT McKEON Can't Take No More
Wasted Lion Records SMJD01 (2006)

Scott McKeon

There can have been fewer impressive debut albums than this. Scott McKeon is a hugely impressive guitar player from the Bournemouth area who together with his heavy duty trio sound for all the world like they come from Texas. Think of Storyville, Indigenous, Chris Duarte or more inevitably Stevie Ray Vaughan but then think in terms of fresh new material rather than tired old rehashes and you will have a clue as to the delight that awaits you within.

Co produced by the former Hoax member Jesse Davey, Sccott is obviously coming from the same school of Texas influenced guitar licks. But such is the force of his playing, the fullness of his tone and the physicality of the rhythm section comprising drummer Ben Jones and bass player Geoff Lal, that you can't help but be bowled over.

Put simply this is an rock blues avalanche, that opens with the gloriously heavy title track and remains unrelenting throughout. On 'I Can See Through You' it's almost as if SRV has made a come back as Scott achieves a killer edgy tone on his guitar, over a killer rhythm track.

The earlier heavy shuffle 'Honey Baby' might also have come from The Hoax's repertoire but is so classy that comparisons quickly fade. If there is a draw back it is Scott's voice, but he suggests enough mastery of phrasing on the slow blues 'Last Thing I Do' to suggest that over time this will not be a serious draw back.

For the moment the Scott McKeon band are stepping out with one of the best rock blues albums of the year, and you can't really ask for more than that


Review by Pete Feenstra

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***** Out of this world | **** Pretty damn fine |
*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly

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