Sunday, June 16, 2013

sweet home Manitoba

Devil on the Wall 
- Manitoba Hal Brolund

Ukelele-meister Manitoba Hal has wasted no time since his 2012 release Flirting with the Mermaids in dropping another album of curiously infectious music upon the unsuspecting public. Devil on the Wall is somewhat less ukelele-centric than the previous release, showcasing instead his mastery of the slide and electric guitar.  

Devil on the Wall is a very bluesy album. A couple of fine covers of blues standards appear amongst the rollicking original tunes. Manitoba Hal may have set his ukelele aside for much of the album, but there is no denying that the man knows his way around a blues guitar. With a sweetly vulnerable cry in his naturally authoritative voice, the prairie boy turned blue-noser leaves no doubt that he has mastered the feel-good heartbreak that defines a really good blues tune.

Devil on the Wall is a fairly short album, only nine tracks, but it proves the adage that good things come in small packages.  Do yourself a favour and check this one out.


Eugene Knapik said...

As you know, I like this guy's music, and I haven't heard the recording so it's premature to comment I'm sure....still, two-thirds of the western world plays blues guitar, but how many people play blues uke, I ask you that? But that's just me. Hal has to follow his heart. Curiously enough, I was listening to some of the last recording on my road-trip the other day, and it reminded me that I really like Hal's sensibility.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Hal's music would make an excellent accompaniment on a road trip, Eugene. Though not as ukelele-based, this album would be a great road trip choice, with its driving rhythm.