Come on Down, the thirteenth studio album by veteran blues guitarist/vocalist David Gogo, is another solid release from the seasoned Canadian artist. The record sounds very professional: the musicians are all very tight, the mix is good, and the layering of percussion, background vocals, guitars, and keyboards makes this record sound like exactly what it is – another good release by a very good player.
The album contains it’s share of variety: a handful of straight ahead rockers, such as the opener, “Bad ‘n’ Ruin,” a great minor blues in “Come on Down,” an acoustic track in “Natchez Dog,” as well as a handful of more soulful numbers, the best of which is “Spare Me a Little of Your Love.” The album also contains a couple of covers with “So Into You” and “Let’s Go Get Stoned.” While both covers are nice, neither one is anything particularly special or groundbreaking.
“Come On Down” is the gem of the album. It is simply a classic minor blues that can make or break an album, and, in this case, it makes it. “Worth It” is a nice, soulful number, which has, of all things, very creative background vocal parts. Rather than harmonizing off of the lead vocals, the background vocals function much as horns would: percussive stabs, sustained chords, and swells. While unusual, it’s a good-natured and fun touch to the album. “Looking for Clues” is a funky track that is just fun to listen to. “Spare Me a Little of Your Live” is a great track, which is another of the soulful tunes that Gogo plays so well.
The only real complaint with the album is “Natchez Dog.” Gogo was going for an older, acoustic blues sound, which means that the band playing on the very back end of the beat. While the band is together, the groove just never quite clicks as it should. Additionally, while there are no bad tracks on the album, there are some filler tunes. While this is a good record, Gogo is a seasoned veteran and should be judged as such. This is not a great record, but it is certainly a solid release by a very good player.
The Review: 7.5/10
Can’t Miss Tracks
– Come On Down
– Worth It
– Looking for Clues
– Spare Me a Little of Your Love
The Big Hit
– Spare Me a Little of Your Live
Review by Nik Rodewald