With a voice of velveteen, Hamish Anderson brings new meaning to smooth. Trouble was released in October, 2016, and is infused with just enough pop to be energetic. It’s the album version of silk bubble wrap.
The album features Johnny Radelat, Freddie Bokkenheuser, and Aaron Sterling on drums. Chris Bruce, and Rob Calder on bass, as well as Chris Joyner and Jerry Borge on keys and to round out the sound Steve Berlin on baritone sax.
Based in Australia, Anderson has also toured both the US and the UK and has the unique honor of being the last artist to open for the late BB King.
The album begins with the albums namesake “Trouble,” which was released as a single earlier in April and is a creamy riff based classic blues song that sets the pace for the album. “Fire” is a glassy upbeat track teases us with a little ’70s sounding Gordon Lightfoot guitar work during the solos. The album ends with “My Sweetheart You,” which has a timeless quality that leaves you wondering if the song was written yesterday or 50 years ago. “My Love” is another personal favorite perhaps because of the intro’s slight similarity to “Simple Man” by Lynyrd Skynyrd.
Trouble is a mellow album that digs a deep groove and fills it with cotton balls. It feels effortless and yet hits the bulls-eye with every toss.
The Review: 9/10
Can’t Miss Tracks
– Hold On Me
– My Love
– Don’t Look Back
The Big Hit
Review by Jeremy Schantz