Revelator Hill: Atlantic Detour Review

Atlantic Detour is the first album from Revelator Hill, a new project for guitarist and vocalist Bobby Thompson, in collaboration with fellow Washington D.C. blues and rock players Gary Crockett on drums, Wes Lanich on keyboards, and Seth Morrissey on bass. At its best, it offers an impressive amalgam of modern blues and AOR sounds.

Opening track “Bad Luck Goodbye” is a slice of good-time boogie that augurs well for the rest of the album. Thompson’s fuzzily distorted guitar tones are immediately ear-catching, and they’re well backed up by Crockett’s swinging drums, a funky organ solo from Lanich, and booming bass from Morrissey. They keep it up with “Gets Me Over,” with its sturdy riff over an offbeat groove, laid back chorus and a bridge featuring gutsy, churning chords, and the punchy “Look At You Now” with its neat, descending guitar line and crisp drum sound.

Things sag a bit after that, and while they deliver an interesting take on “How Many More Years,” you need to be more than just tidy in the vocal department, as Thompson is, to go up against the legacy of Howlin’ Wolf and Robert Plant. But then “Wild Country” redeems matters with its lilting acoustic vibe and intriguing lyrics.

Revelator Hill is a promising outfit with a strong sound, made distinctive by Bobby Thompson’s fresh and pleasing guitar. Atlantic Detour is a worthwhile down payment, and if they can raise the bar on the song-writing front they’ll be worth watching.

The Review: 7/10

Can’t Miss Tracks

– Bad Luck Goodbye
– Gets Me Over
– Look At You Now
– Wild Country

The Big Hit

– Bad Luck Goodbye

Review by Iain Cameron

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