Review: Sean Webster & The Dead Lines – See It Through

Posted on: Sunday, Jan 18, 2015

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Review for SEAN WEBSTER & THE DEAD LINES- CD – ‘See It Through’ – 2015 Self Release

Sean Webster has returned with a brand new line up, in the form of The Dead Lines, to create an outstanding new album ‘See It Through’. After some years away in Australia, Sean is now back firmly on the European circuit and will be touring in early 2015 to promote the new album.

The line up consists of Sean Webster on outstanding vocals, guitars and piano, Ash Wilson on guitars and backing vocals, Phil Wilson on drums, percussion and backing vocals with Greg Smith on bass. All the tracks, bar one, are self penned.

The first track throws you straight into some heavy rock with a fabulous full on sound on ‘The Mayor’ In a complete change ‘Always Here’ is a bluesy ballad, followed by ‘Whisky’, which has acoustic input and country blues influences. It is a great stomp track with some super slide and one of my favourites on the album.

‘Stay With Me’, again with acoustic input, has some haunting slide guitar and great vocals. With a leaning towards country it has some class guitar work with wondrous bass and an epic electric guitar solo. Continuing with the acoustic input, ‘I Still Remember’ is a ballad with a full on sound, becoming something of an anthem track.

A change with the slow ‘Heart Still Bleeds’, which has its leaning towards soul. This leads nicely into the Etta James classic ‘I’d Rather Go Blind’ , which has become one of Sean’s best known and loved numbers. I’m not sure a recording can do it justice, as it is a track that has to be heard live to get the full impact, but a brilliant take all the same with a superb guitar solo!

Getting into a bit of rocky blues on ‘Leave Me’, then slowing the pace down on the penultimate track, ‘Hear Me Now’, a slow blues with excellent slide guitar and a brilliantly put together rhythm section. The final number and the name sake of the album, ‘See It Through’, has shades of a 60’s bluesy ballad. A great finale to a great album.

Sean’s voice is in a class of its own and the musicianship of the band is evident. It was good to hear a mix of musical styles on the album, with blues, Americana, classic rock, country blues and a dash of soul. It all adds to the interest and makes the album ‘See It Through’ a great listen.

Rosy Greer – Lancashire Blues Archive and Independent Reviewer

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