Review: David Migden & The Twisted Roots – Animal & Man

Posted on: Sunday, Mar 30, 2014

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David Migden & The Twisted Roots – Animal & Man

Described as “an exciting electric five piece, performing unique original material in a genre busting crossover of rock, blues and twisted American roots”, David Migden and the now, Twisted Roots, certainly fit that description!

‘Animal & Man’ is their third album of self penned work. The line up for the album consists of David Migden – vocals, trumpet, Joe Gibson – guitars, backing vocals, Graham Mann – keys, trombone, percussion, Phil Scragg – bass, James Sedge – drums, percussion, with guests Goldie Reed – backing vocals, Mike Austin – sax, clarinet. The album was recorded by Mike Thorn at Rimshot Studios and produced by David Migden and the Twisted Roots.

The opening track ‘Wamp’, on this exciting CD, sets the scene for the rest of the album. It has great rhythms with jazz overtones and shows the richness of David’s voice to the full. Also some great raw guitar work and input of keys. Following, a track with a thirties feel ,’Rougarou,’ which has plenty of brass and clarinet giving a rag band sound. Some interesting percussion and piano too.

‘Top Of The Mountain’ is in the unmistakable Migden style. It’s refreshing to be able to identify music with a clear stamp, a great track. Following this ‘Desert King’, brings in Goldie Reed on backing vocals to add to the harmonies, superb. Some excellent piano and percussion and very much leaning towards jazz.

I love the next track ‘The Big Fight’, a full on gusty bass line with Hammond input. Great vocals from David with super rhythms and trombone. A change in pace on ‘We Know What You Have Done’, a slow meaningful track with perfect vocals in which Goldie complements David’s voice so well. A great guitar solo on this one and Hammond input.

‘Wild World’ has a brilliant intro with just vocals, very ‘Migden’ style. Great harmonies reminiscent of barbershop. Some excellent slide guitar and funky rhythms with the drums keeping it simple, working well with the Hammond and bass. The next track ‘Petit Jean’ has a bit of a Wilko Johnson feel with the guitar work. A rockin’ up tempo number with a great bass line with thumping drums and Hammond input.

Slowing things right down, ‘Hunters Moon’ is a haunting story told by David with his velvet voice. Great percussion and use of echo adds to the ambiance of this track. The final track on this brilliant album is ‘Once Again’. a slow number with acoustic input. It gives a great overview of David’s vocal range, with some nice slide guitar (possibly a lap steel) a great sound to complete this great album.

I thought the previous album ‘Killing It,’ would be hard to beat, but having listened to ‘Animal & Friends’ several times I think I will put it on an equal footing. A brilliant band live, David Migden & the Twisted Roots are definitely a must see band and I think the album gives a good overview to what they are all about, so well done!

ROSY GREER – Lancashire Blues Archive

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