Review: Dani Wilde – Shine
Posted on: Tuesday, Oct 5, 2010
Ruf Records RUF 1163
This is singer/guitarist/songwriter Dani Wilde’s second album – this time under the banner of Ruf Records and with the support and guidance of legendary producer Mike Vernon. Nine of the eleven tracks are original compositions and there is a highly impressive array of musicians right across the album. Dani’s vocals and guitar work are supplemented on most tracks by her brother, Will, on harmonica, Roger Innis on bass guitar and Jamie Little on drums. In addition, Stuart Dixon, Ben Poole and Laura Chavez share lead guitar duties with Dani Wilde on various tracks and there are cameo appearances by Dave Lennox on organ, Pete Wingfield on piano, Martin Winning on tenor sax, Matt Holland on trumpet, Jon Chase on bass guitar and Mark Earl on drums. Mike Vernon is also acknowledged as the provider of percussion on five of the tracks.
The album opens with the gently rocking title track and the slow shuffle, “Some Kinda Crazy” before a fine version of Jagger/Richards’s “MissYou”, complete with horn section embellishment. There are a couple of ballads: the introspective “How Do You Do It” (no, not the Gerry Marsden number) and the plaintive “Don’t Give Up On Me”. “Red Blooded Woman” is a rocking shuffle while abandoned child is a splendid slow blues. The final three tracks comprise the upbeat “Born To Love Him”, Dana Gillespie/Mike Vernon’s “Where Blues Begins” and the folksy “Big Brown Eyes”, performed solo by Dani Wilde with acoustic guitar accompaniment.
Dani Wilde’s excellent, expertly controlled vocals, equally effective in sotto voce and fortissimo, are superbly complemented by the many talented artistes throughout the album – not least by Will Wilde, who is a highly accomplished performer on blues harp. The album also underlines Dani’s considerable songwriting ability and it can only enhance her already burgeoning reputation.
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