Review: Marcus Malone – Let The Sunshine In

Posted on: Wednesday, Aug 10, 2011

Marcus Malone Sunshine CD

MARCUS MALONE
“Let The Sunshine In”
(Redline Music RLB1812)

This is Marcus Malone’s fifth album. It contains fourteen tracks, the first thirteen of which are original compositions – all but one written either solely or jointly by Marcus Malone. The band that plays on most tracks comprises Stuart Dixon on guitar, Johan Buys on bass guitar, Chris Nugent on drums and Moz Gamble on keyboards.

The album boogies vibrantly into life with the title track, which boasts a splendid contribution on harp from Alan Glen. The blues rocker, “If I Had Another Chance”, maintains the mood, with Julian Burdock on lead guitar, followed by the funky “Back To Paradise”, featuring the first appearance of a horn section that brings together Ben Hadwen on baritone sax, Anton Denecca on tenor, Max Grunhard on alto and Scot Baylis on trumpet. The funky ambience continues with “All That Love” before the excellent slow blues “Would It Matter” calms the pace in advance of “Heartbreak Kid”, which bears distinct traces of both Dylan and Bowie.

“99 Tears” provides a rousing helping of Rolling Stones-style rocking r ‘n’ b in contrast to the slow and brooding “Last Time” and “Bad Girls”, the latter being enhanced by a catchy guitar riff and solo from Stuart Dixon. “She’s My Girl” drives along energetically and welcomes Alan Glen back on harmonica while “I Was A Fool” is a real “Green Onions”-style foot-tapper. The innocuous pop ballad “Make A Difference” is swiftly overtaken by a welcome, if inexplicable, reprise of the title track boogie with Julian Burdock adding some slide guitar to the performance. The final track is a slow, somewhat drawn-out version of Robin and Barry Gibb’s “To Love Somebody”.

Marcus Malone has been delighting British audiences for many years with his magnificent velvet-toned vocals and his magnetic stage presence. Furthermore, he is a highly talented songwriter, who consistently surrounds himself with top class musicians, as this album fully demonstrates. In short, it’s another cracker from the man from Detroit.

Marcus Malone’s website

LIONEL ROSS

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