Daddy Long Legs: The Devil’s in the Details Review

With their fifth studio release, The Devil’s in the Details, the Ontario-based blues band, Daddy Long Legs, seeks to put a modern flare into a more old-school style of blues.  The album contains eleven original tunes, ranging from rockers to more soul-searching tunes as well.

To cut to the chase, the album is somewhat underwhelming.  Mike Elliot, the band’s lead guitarist and singer, is a decent enough guitarist and his vocals are acceptable, but not much more.  At times, his guitar tone is too harsh for the style, and his vocals are nothing special.  The rest of the rhythm section is solid, featuring Steve Toms on bass and Jeff Wagner on drums, but the most enjoyable player on the record is harp player Chris “Junior” Malleck.  His playing is very tasteful, and his harmonica tone is perfect for the garage-blues sound that Daddy Long Legs is going for.

As far as the songs are concerned, there is some nice variety.  A little bit of zydeco influence on “Borrowed Time” is nice, and “You Wonder” is a nice minor blues.  “Lonely” is the only ballad on the album, which is a bit of a disappointment.  The album closes with an acoustic blues tune in “Dug My Own Grave.”  While it is the most interesting tune from a harmonic perspective, the performance leaves a little something to be desired.

The biggest positive of the album is the production.  Daddy Long Legs is going for a certain sound on their records, and, as far as the production is concerned, they get it.  The harmonica tone, as previously mentioned, is perfect, and the drum and bass sound blend nicely in the mix.  The drum sound is very retro, and the slinky bass lines compliment the drum sound nicely.  At times, the guitar is a bit harsh, and the distortion on the vocals is distracting at times.

This album is neither bad nor great, but somewhere in the middle.  Most of the playing on the album is solid, but there isn’t much there to make the band or the album stand out of a crowded field.

The Review: 7/10

Can’t Miss Tracks

– Your Love is Killing Me
– Borrowed Time
– You Wonder
– The One

The Big Hit

– You Wonder

Review by Nik Rodewald

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