Dzal has just released his debut solo album "Drawing Horses" and Yours Truly KJS thought it worthy of a listen based not only on his supreme live guitar work with The Trembling Wilburys but also the personal recommendation of Tony Kelsey, another talented guitarist. "Drawing Horses" is a wonderful record, an eleven song opus which draws on Country, Americana, Blues and Rock elements with a nod to Johnny Cash in not a few places. Catchy opener "The One Who Got Away" instantly impresses and will appeal to both Wilbury and Jeff Lynne admirers with "Drive", "Heaven Help" and the moody "I Can Wait" also sure to please. On the flip side, there are some pensive and lyrically incisive slower numbers in "House For Sale", "Northern Girl" and "Scared" that ooze emotion whilst showcasing Dzal's wide range of guitar craft. "Drawing Horses" is aptly capped by the lovely instrumental "Bob And Paula" to ensure a plethora of variety. This is one of those records that you grow to appreciate after a few plays, my fave being the aforementioned first track. Guitar aficionados will undoubtedly love this album too. I know I did. (9/10)
"Drawing Horses" trax: "The One Who Got Away" ~ "Northern Girl" ~ "Scared" ~ "Drive" ~ "I Don't Need You" ~ "Heaven Help" ~ "House For Sale" ~ "I Can Wait" ~ "Somebody Left Me" ~ "Operator" ~ "Bob And Paula"
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