Review: Rag And Bone – Novice Pioneer

Posted on: Thursday, Dec 16, 2010

R-N-B-Novice Pioneer

Rag And Bone
“Novice Pioneer”
(Rag-And-Bone Music RABMCD-001)

This album of Americana par excellence is the second CD from this Swedish outfit under the leadership of singer, guitarist and song-writer Mats Nilson. Actually, Mats is Rag And Bone, with a fluid set of musicians providing exemplary backing, whether rocking out, getting soulful, or simply folky. Try ‘Man With No Reflection’ which is very much in a “Ry Cooder sings southern country-soul” bag, for lack of a snappy category – but all the 12 numbers are originals. In places there is a hint of the Muscle Shoals sound (‘Say You Hate Me’ is a fine example of this), other tracks are stomping blues-rock – for the latter lend an ear to ‘My Shortcoming’ and ‘Reconsideration Boogie’, both featuring some particularly fierce guitar. The closer is a fine, jumping slice of western swing, whilst those of a certain age might be interested to note the presence of a mellotron on the very bluesy ‘The Stench Of A Ditch’. When all is said and done, this is rather a very pleasing release all round, provided you are not too purist in your blues tastes.

NORMAN DARWEN

www.rag-n-bone.com

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