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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Dustin Douglas & The Electric Gentlemen - Break It Down - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Break It Down, from Dustin Douglas & The Electric Gentlemen and it's quite cool. I've listened to this release a number of times and I keep hearing new stuff. Opening with A Little Bit, a really cool neo soul track blended strongly with raw guitar attack by Dustin Douglas, a meaty bass line by Matt Gabriel and tight drum rhythms by Tommy Smallcomb and you get something really cool. Think "D'Angelo light' jamming with David Gilmore in a modern rock band. Very cool! Destiny has an even more rocky feel almost into Living Color territory. Goodbye is another particularly interesting track with a Led Zep spin. It doesn't have the Bonzo bottom but the riffs are the children of Page and even the vocals are "Plant"ish, although Douglas' vocals are much more listenable than Plant's. Another track with a definitive Page riff and a JP Jones line is Out Of My Mind. This is a particularly interesting track with a soft underlying bass line and perfect drum timing setting up soulful vocals and guitar riffs that have Gilmore and Gibbons influences. Excellent! On Your Face Is Stunning, Douglas seems to take the band even farther into the mist with another guitar led track. Santana like riffs but Gilmore like phrasing over solid rock footings yields even yet another cool direction. Wrapping the release is No More Tears to Cry with a pure blues rocker. With a raggedy approach and fat slide guitar work, this is a solid closer for a really enjoyable release. Very nice! 

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