Album review: DOUG WAHLBERG BAND – Flying Under The Radar

DOUG WAHLBERG BAND - Flying Under The Radar

www.dougwahlberg.com [Release date 29.09.15]

It’s a shame this album runs out at only 8 tracks spread over a miserly 32 minutes, but in terms of quality it’s irreproachable.

Mott The Hoople’s Ian Hunter described East Coast guitarist and singer / songwriter Doug Wahlberg’s playing as ‘not of this earth’.  And he’s received similarly positive endorsement from the Alice Cooper band’s Neal Smith.

Often such quotes are used out of context, but in Wahlberg’s case, it’s not just about his guitar playing, it’s the retro ‘classic FM rock radio’ songs that are wrapped around it.  If ever there was the perfect soundtrack to power the hood down and hit the highway, Flying Under The Radar is it.

The band have opened for the likes of Foreigner, George Thorogood, Blue Oyster Cult, Rick Derringer, and Cheap Trick and it’s in that time and space that the Doug Walberg Band exist.

Every number sounds instantly familiar, the hooks are so big, vibrant, and barbed they draw blood and absolutely demand repeated plays.  The guitar playing glistens.  It’s another era.  But while the Dough Wahlberg Band sound like everyone, they sound like no one but – Doug Wahlberg.

Perhaps somewhat ‘out of time’ but the phrase ‘back to the future’ was never so apt.  One of the most impressive and accessible pieces of mainstream radio friendly rock that I’ve heard in a long time.  *****

Review by Pete Whalley


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