Album review: JOHN SLOMAN – El Dorado

Facebook Slogger Records [Release date 04.02.19]

John Sloman is known to rock fans of a certain age for his singing in Lone Star and the ‘Conquest’ album by Uriah Heep. He has released a series of solo albums starting with his 1989 debut ‘Disappearances Can Be Deceptive’ and you can still download for free his 2016 album ‘Don’t Try This At Home.

‘El Dorado’ was released last year both digitally and on CD via his website, now it gets a full release on Slogger Records. The album reflects a family tragedy as Sloman himself explains “It tells the story of my brother Robert’s experiences after moving from Wales to Arkansas, USA, getting sick and returning to Wales, where he spent almost a year in hospital before eventually dying.”

Needless to say this is a very personal album and one which John Sloman has put a lot of effort in to produce a fitting tribute to his brother Phil. John Sloman still has his powerful vocal range, one minute giving it a blues holler on ‘Down To Memphis’, then a heartfelt vocal on ‘One Wish’, a song that brings a tear to the eye of the listener.

It is the musical styles on offer that are a delight, with the country/Americana ‘If I Live Through This Night’ a real treat on the ears. I would bet a fair few Nashville based songwriters wish they had penned a tune like this.

Whilst John Sloman may not be a household name to many, do yourself a favour and investigate this album and his past work. He has the vocal prowess of many of the 70′s rock goliaths and more importantly, can still hit those high notes and connect emotionally with the listener. ****

Review by Jason Ritchie

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