Album review: AYNSLEY LISTER – Home

Aynsley Lister - Home [Release date 08.07.13]

Despite starting off on his musical journey through the blues in the late 90’s ‘Home’ is amazingly his tenth album to date. Aynsley Lister is one of the current crop of young blues rock musicians breaking through and rightly so as like say Jon Amor or Chantel McGregor, not only does he play tasty guitar he has a rich and strong vocal, reminding me at times of the legendary Paul Rodgers.

What I particularly like about Aynsley Lister’s music is not only his playing but the variety in music, be it a slow burner of a blues tune like the title track or ‘Insatiable’. Then for something a lot more ‘poppy’ you have ‘Broke’.

I must admit I can’t stop playing ‘Free’, a song that has an impassioned vocals and that slow, sustained guitar beloved by Lynyrd Skynyrd on the verses before the riff kicks in on the chorus. ‘Hyde 2612′ is a little bit of rock ‘n’ roll with a slight soul edge, again more musical variety added to the pot.

The keys and organ playing of Andre Bassing stand out, never taking over a song but take them away and the songs would lose something.

As Aynsley states on his inlay sleeve ‘Music is a release for me. When I play I get lost in it and it’s a very happy place to be’. Well, listening to this fine album it applies to the listener too as this is a very happy person after listening to this album.  ****

Jason Ritchie

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