My name is Tee Total Guitar. I had an accident, and I woke up in 1973. Am I mad, in a coma, or back in time? Whatever’s happened, it’s like I’ve landed on a different planet. Now, maybe if I can work out the reason, I can get home.
Well, maybe not quite but Wailing Recluse’s eponymous album has certainly got us feeling like we’ve travelled back to the guilded era of classic rock. And actually, when the music is as good as this, we don’t want to travel back home. Sorry Sam Tyler, it just sounds better here.
The vocals bear more than a passing resemblance to Ozzy Osbourne in Sabbath’s heyday, and the stop-start rhythm of the lead guitar— at its peak on lead track ‘Fallen Angel’— recalls the pure, unadulterated heaviness of ‘War Pigs’. You can also discern a touch of Zeppelin in the overall coherence of the album, which has clearly been carefully crafted to function as a complete whole.
There are, for example, two acoustic songs (‘I’ll See Your Face Again’ and ‘Find Our Way Back Home’) right in the natural ‘middle’ of the album, a feature which harks back to the tendency of classic rock bands featuring an acoustic gig-within-a-gig around the halfway point of their shows. These two tracks are the most lyrically personal of the album, inspired by lead Richard Terris’s own experience of loss and subsequent realisation that strong, loving relationships can never really be lost.
The poignancy of these songs sandwiches perfectly in between the iron-forged riffs of the heavier tracks and Wailing Recluse provides the listener with an aural experience that flows together in a natural and organic way. This is certainly no mean feat in the age of streaming.
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