Wilson T. King: Last of the Analogues Review

Wilson T. King’s second offering, The Last of the Analogues, is a suitable follow-up to his first release, and this alone should speak volumes. For the duration of the album, the listener is met with an infusion of blues and Hendrix-inspired rock. Clearly Wilson T. King is in love with the electric guitar, and his performance on this record should be enough to convert anyone who isn’t. There is a wonderfully psychedelic approach to his song structures, and he has a certain ability to create a beautiful balance between the dream-like and the absolutely heavy. The result is something dark, a little atmospheric, and very, very soulful.

Many of the songs here are situated on top of bass lines that carry most of the structure, freeing up the guitar to focus primarily on completely shredding. Occasionally, however, an acoustic guitar or piano joins in. The vocals are not overwhelmed either and have a tortured quality to them, quivering in and out between guitar solos. The spasmodic guitar work on “Bury Me with the Bible” is interrupted occasionally to showcase Wilson T. King’s voice at the peak of emotion, and a softer approach is taken on “Like the Turquoise in a Crashing Wave,” with King almost whispering at times.

Two tracks are instrumental, the rhythmic “Broken Son” and the more traditional guitar jam, “29.10.71.” The latter is the track that really shows off Wilson T. King’s talented guitar work as he switches between controlled bursts of energy and completely hijacking his instrument.

Wilson T. King refers to his sound as “future blues,” and without a doubt it would have earned the title if he hadn’t already called it that. Every genre has its movers and shakers, and Wilson T. King may be one of the most important revolutionaries of modern blues – The Last of the Analogues proves this.

The Review: 9/10

Can’t Miss Tracks

– Born Into This
– Like the Turquoise in a Crashing Wave
– Bury Me With the Bible
– 29.10.71
– Broken Son

The Big Hit

– Bury Me With the Bible

Review by Richard MacDougall

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