There's just something about roots and blues music that inspires passion in its followers. Maybe its the timeless structures that, despite their apparent strictness, have over time proven to be as versatile as they come in terms of musical outcomes. Maybe it's the ease with which a non-musician can recognise how a song is built so they can worry more about what it's trying to say.

Either way, it's clear from this 8 track collection that Ged Wilson is an acolyte of the genre. 'What's Going On?' holds all the diminished chords, 7ths, 9ths etc. to make it recogniseable as a blues record, but there's more to it than that. The latin lilt to 'False Alarm' (track 2) for instance. Or the quasi-disco-funk guitar line of final song 'Spin The Coin'. There are lots of influences and idea here, all built around that most reliable of genre bases.

Wilson is clearly a passionate man - not only about his music but about politics too if tracks such as 'Lies' are anything to go by - and he's poured some of that into making a very strong album here. It will be interesting to see what comes next.

 

Review by Anthony Smith

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