Slidin’ Slim – One Man Riot Review
“They call me Mr. Misfit, and that’s a suitable name” – Slidin’ Slim “One Man Riot” Album Review
Written by Ian Gerber for The Soda Shop
Let me tell you right off of the back, I am not the biggest fan of Metal. I love heavy music as much as the next tatooed white guy with a beard, but there is a lot of metal out there and I only have so much time to really dig into a record. With that being said, imagine my surprise to find a record labeled “Blues” in the genre column from the stocked buffet of stoner metal and doom that is The Soda Shop’s submissions folder. Slidin’ Slims newest record, One Man Riot, might be a misfit in the Stoner rock crowd, but is armed to the gills with 14 tracks of geniune and gritty blues mojo that would sound great to anyone with an ear or two.
Let’s get to brass tacks. I think that we can all agree that there would be no “Stoner Rock” without Black Sabbath. Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin would have been up shit’s creek without the blues. Whether it takes 52 minutes of amplified sonic destruction or 12 bars and five notes on an acoustic guitar, a heavy riff is a heavy riff. Slidin’ Slim understands this idea much better than most musicians playing music today, let alone in Stoner Rock.
As it turns out, ol’ Slim has been doing it for a while…in Sweden. That’s right folks, the most convincing blues revivalist that I have heard since Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band is from a place that is about as far away as you can get from Mississippi and still know what a guitar is. I have heard other Swedish acoustic blues “revivalists”, but none of them have actually got it right. However, it is good to know that “going down the road feeling bad” translates into every language.
Sonically speaking, One Man Riot deserves to be mentioned in the same company as the best sounding Tom Waits and T-Bone Burnett records. Sorry metal dudes, not so much of the fuzz and gutteral growling to be found here. However, One Man Riot does have a tendecency to take un-expected turns into Sonic Youth meets Nick Cave moments of brilliant ambience mixed in with the dark Americana story telling of Murder By Death’s “Red of Tooth And Claw.”. It can be said that Slidin’ Slim knows what he is doing in the studio. It is also fair to say that Slim has heard his fair share of Son House and R.L. Burnside riffs after he outgrew his punk phase and decided to learn how to play guitar for real. Bare boned slide guitar and smoky vocals that just wreak of too much whiskey give way to beautifully dark psychedelic atmospheres while still nimbly playing within the borders of “the Blues” form. Slidin’ Slim does it with the skill of a great songwriter and makes it look easy.
Do yourself a big ol’ favor and buy a copy of One Man Riot. When it seems like all you have been hearing is fuzz in stereo for longer than expected, throw this record on and take a minute on the couch to digest it. This is as heavy as anything I have heard in the last few months and deserves to be in constant rotation on your Ipod.
One Man Riot can be downloaded on iTunes.
More info at http://www.slidinslim.com