What else can be said about Sean Michel other than ‘truth, soul and rock n’ roll’? Well after casually sitting down, plugging in the speakers and cranking up Electric Delta, I can safely say, there is a lot more to be said and heard regarding this soulful man’s talent.
Electric Delta kicks off with “Mississippi Mud,” a blistering riff ravaged tune supplemented with solid drums and Michel’s dominant vocal melody. “Unbelievable” follows it up in a similar punchy fashion and includes a guitar riff and tone that would not be out of place at a Black Keys gig. Already it seems too hard to just put this record on in the background without yielding your attention to it.
It is a tough call on where to place the album’s genre; there is a rather wide range of influences blended together. However, tracks like “The Curse Is Broken” and “The River Song” clearly reveal that essence of delta blues rock with a thumping blues rhythm and hints of a traditional blues vocal pattern. The thing that is truly recognisable in this record is the gospel element of smooth harmonies and spiritual singing. Michel’s character really shines through.
It is hard to find a weak link in this concrete collection of soul induced delta blues, especially with a finale like “Lord I Wait” and its simmering female harmony from Annalisa Nutt. It is a fitting end to a well-rounded album that sees Michel and band explore the roots of their music and very being.
The Review: 9/10
Can’t Miss Tracks
– Mississippi Mud
– The Curse Is Broken
– The River Song
– Lord I Wait
The Big Hit
– Mississippi Mud[audio:mississippimud.mp3]
Review by George Ward