Means Of Escape Album Review
Release Date - September 20th 2019
Extract from Press Release:- “Bryant, who has been described as a 'National Blues Treasure' by Classic Rock magazine, returns with his most powerful collection of songs to date.
Making his debut as a producer, the guitarist assembled a truly stellar collection of world class personnel to help him to craft an album that he has been, “waiting his whole career to create.”
Engineered by Grammy Award-winning engineer Ian Dowling (Adele, KT Tunstall) and recorded at Lincolnshire's famed Chapel Studios, 'Means of Escape' features nine tracks of blistering Blues rock of the highest caliber.
From the thundering opening bars of 'Tired of Trying', to the haunting melody of the closing instrumental, 'Mya'. The entire album is an emotional rollercoaster that hits you right between the eyes and straight through the heart.
Mixed in Nashville by the legendary Eddie Spear (Rival Sons, U2, Chris Stapleton), 'Means of Escape' delivers on the artist’s promise to make a collection of Blues Rock songs that are powerful, contemporary and bold. Featuring Bryant's dynamic touring band, many of the tracks were recorded live in the studio in one or two takes.
The album burns with energy and emotion from the start and never fades. From the primal cry of 'Too Far Gone', to the explosive slide playing of 'Hurting Time', Danny Bryant is at the top of his A game.
We kick off this latest album with a track called 'Tired Of Trying' which has a dirty blues with attitude feel and is a homage to one of Danny's musical mentors and good friend Walter Trout. This is followed by a more traditional sounding blues tune, 'Too Far Gone'. This track has the big band and was written with them in mind. Danny's voice is perfect for this genre. Wonderful keys compliment this track, alongside the powerful guitar soloing, and of course the band.
'Means Of Escape' is the title track of the album and has a much more commercial sound with a much more blues rock beat and sound, which allows for some explosive guitar playing by Danny who says "the title of this song is a reference to how I have always felt about creating and being surrounded by music".
Next we are treated to some outright in your face Texas blues which works really well as you are drawn into the track on this tempo, head bobbing and foot tapping. Great Hammond keyboard solo gives this track a little something different.
For 'Skin And Bone' the pace slows right down with this acoustic ballad, that has a very personal feel as you listen. Danny says "The lyrics are me talking to my dad and how badly I miss him and how much it hurt me watching him when he was ill. I tried to be as raw and as honest as possible with this song".
Next we have a roadhouse raunchy blues which is just nasty but in a good way, with a song called 'Warning Signs (In Her Eyes)'.
'Where The River Ends' with a wonderful keyboard intro that leads us into another beautiful sounding ballad, and when we get a fantastic guitar sound that works so well alongside the keys, you can't help but be carried along on the emotion of this track.
'Hurting Time' is the penultimate track and it hits you with that southern railroad sound before being transported to the deep south with some deep down and dirty blues once again, including some wonderful slide and a great keyboard solo. This is gonna be a great live track and one I'm sure they will jam and jam with.
We close with 'MYA', a track to end with that showcases the immense talent that Danny has on the guitar, and is a fitting way to draw to a close this latest release by Danny Bryant and his very accomplished band. Recorded in one take, this is a great way to end the album.
'Means Of Escape' is a wonderful album full of varying styles which all knit beautifully together to create a fantastic set of music that you will enjoy over and over again.
TFM gives 'Means Of Escape' 4.5/5, go pre-order now, you will not be disappointed one bit.