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BROCK ZEMAN —PULLING YOUR SWORD OUT OF YOUR BACK (Self-Released)

http://www.brockzeman.com

 

Canadian singer-songwriter Brock Zeman’s 11th album Pulling Your Sword Out Of The Devils Back is a landmark recording for the hard working musician, producer and songwriter.

 

Opening track, title-cut “Pulling Your Sword Out Of The Devil’s Back” has him adopt a storytelling style akin to the likes of Sam Baker and Steve Forbert as he comes from another direction to your everyday singer-songwriter. Inspired work. It doesn’t stop there either with “Walking In The Dark” offering a busy bustling inspirational feel, and with it is followed in sequence by the big sound of “Sweat”. Zeman steps further into the darkness of an intricate songwriter’s mind as he tries to make sense of life.

 

Zeman plays guitars (electric, acoustic), synthesizer, and shaker with Blair Hogan, Ryan Weber, Dylan Roberts, Mike Yates, Peter Brown and Joel Williams adding a bunch more essential sounds. Highlights include wonderful story song “Ten Year Fight; set to a gentle little chugging rhythm it soon fits into a comfortable groove as he reflects on an old love and how it took him years to put aside the troubled experience. I love his conversational style and occasions he shows a little more urgency as on the electric guitar prompted “Drop Your Bucket” (his smoky, roughed up tones have him hustle up a hot to go blues boogie of killer proportions), and with a more deft approach when it was becomes a little heavy, musically “Little Details” drops by. Perfect timing. One of the greater things about Zeman’s work is not just the width, the variation in themes, musical direction but the fact he absorbs the attention of the listener to the degree you may only be 45 seconds into a song but the song has already found a place to sit on the bench alongside you. As in the conversational “Don't Think About You Anymore’, this as he speaks in a simple, matter-a-fact way of his own present everyday life without this former partner.  

 

On bringing a funky near 1960s cum early 1970s edge “Dead Man Shoes” draws from a number of sources, and with a percussive rhythm dominant coupled with some infectious electric guitar as hints of Steve Earle’s early work surface in all its glory Zeman burns an exciting pathway.

 

To close he is in sombre mood as he speaks of how “Everybody Loves Elvis”; this as he asks what kind of songs a girl plays on her radio. Something (radio, tiny transistor radios remember them) set to be all too soon forgotten as the world goes digital, all wireless. Great little album, the kind of record I never fail to discover something wonderful and new (to me) every time I play it! 

 

                                                    Maurice Hope 

 

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January 2018Month
Last
Month
Points Artist / Album Title / Label / * Album of the Month of… (reporter)
1 63
HAYES CARLL / What It Is / Dualtone *RK, *JB,*HB,
2 61
PHIL LEE / The Horse He Rode In On / Palookaville Records *BH, *PvG,
*FB, *PK
3 60
THE DELINES/ Imperial / El Cortez *PK, *FCe, *LK
4 51
VICKY EMERSON / Steady Heart / Independent *MW, *ML
5 42
LULA WILES / What Will We Do / Smithsonian Folkways *MM, *MF
6 34
SUZANNE JARVIE / In The Clear / Wolfe Island *BP
7 29
JESSE DAYTON / On Fire In Nashville / Blue Elan *SZ
8 27
KIERAN GOSS & ANNIE KINSELLA / Oh, The Starlings / Independent
27
CARSON McHONE / Carousel / Loose Music
27
TINY LEGS TIM / Elsewhere Bound / Independent *TV, *FC,
11 26
MANDOLIN ORANGE / Tides of a Teardrop / Yep Roc *BM
12 22
LEYLA McCALLA / Capitalist Blues / Jazz Village *DH
13 21
ROB HERON & THE TEA PAD ORCHESTRA / Soul Of My City *HBr
14 21
SIX MILE GROVE / Million Birds / Independent
15 19
BOB SUMNER / Wasted love songs /Self-released *MG
19
STEVE GUNN / The Unseen in Between / Matador
19
ROBERT ELLIS / Texas Piano Man / New West *CVL, *DHo
18 19
JOSHUA RAY WALKER / Wish you were here / State Fair *MA
19 18
CAM PENNER / At War With Reason / Self-released *LM
20 15
CHARLEY CROCKETT / Lil G.L.'S Blue / Bonanza
21 14
JARED DECK / Bully Pulpit / Self-released *AN, *AL
14
MICHAEL CHAPMAN / True North / Paradise of Bachelors
23 13
INA FORSMAN / Been Meaning To Tell You / RUF *EZ
24 12
KAYLAN FAY / Good Company / Horton
12
RICHARD DOBSON / I Hear Singing / Brambus *JJC
ALBUMS OF THE MONTH (NOT IN TOP 25)
DILLON CARMICHAEL / Hell On An Angel / Riser House *PHe
SELECT CAPTAIN / Off To Save The World / Soundchest *JJ
BRANDON ISAAK / Rise N Shine / Independent *RW
EINAR FLA / Silent String / Grappa *MB
CHAMPAGNE CHARLIE / Sixpack / Self-released *PJ
JAMIE LEE WILSON / Jumping Over Rocks / Self-released *HdB
DALE WATSON / Call Me Lucky / Red House *RH
JEFF TWEEDY / Warm / DBPM *JS
WEST OF EDEN / Flat Earth Society / West Of Music *PH
JODYMOON / A Love Brand New / Self-Released *JF
ANDREW COMBS / Worried Man (Deluxe Edition) / Loose Music *GF
HALDEN WOFFORD & THE HI BEANS / Hard Core Broken Heart /
Independent *MP
JONATHAN BYRD / Jonathan Byrd & the Pickup Cowboys/ *JH
BILL SHANLEY / Midnight Mission / Cauldron Music *NC
MICKEY GALYEAN & CULLEN’s BRIDGE / Songs From The Blue Ridge /
Rebel *HD
JOE JACKSON / Fool / EarMusic *KG
WESTERN YOUTH / WESTERN YOUTH / Independent *BK
TIP JAR / Onward / Independent *FS
KC GROVES / Happy Little Trees / Self-released *JH
TIMBER / The Family / Cornelius Chapel *

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