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Album Review: Oscar LaDell - Gone Away (Independent)

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Graham Reid
Drifting Thru Time

Born in the US and raised in Dunedin, 21-year old Oscar LaDell is a blues-inclusive player whose reach is from deep'n'gruff and convincing Howling Wolf/Chicago blues with brutally distorted guitar (the title track opener), through smoother soul-blues (the Sam Cooke/Jesse Belvin sound of "Stone Man", the falsetto, wah-wah funk-blues of "Time for Love", pub-pleasing blues like "One More Time" and accessible material with its reference points in the Alberts, King and Collins.



"Walk Away" would be, in a re-recording, a snappy and very catchy radio song but here – and in a few other places – his female backing singer is a serious distraction.

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Oscar LaDell

LaDell sounds a precocious talent who can undeniably play blues and rock across the spectrum (the lovely "Driftin' Through Time" shows another side of his playing and personality) and as a restrained showcase, this is a highly promising debut from a young artist who will doubtless develop a broader lyrical palette as time goes on.

Just about everything else seems to be in place and confident.

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