Ash Wilson: Broken Machine Review

Broken Machine is the highly anticipated debut album from British singer songwriter Ash Wilson. Wilson pulls a lot from history especially blues history for the album and is successful in combining lyrics that imply, with guitar that hints at songs from a gone by day and yet still has a modern touch that sets it apart.

“Show Me How To Love You” is a perfect example of a delta blues sound made modern. The song creates a vision of a chain gang complete with sweat and blisters. The clanking chain at the beginning of the song was a perfect touch. Wilson wrote “Words of a Woman” after being witness to a domestic dispute that stuck with him through the years. After watching a man leave his wife and child for another woman Wilson claims that the words the woman spoke echoed in his mind. “Out of Time” is a great example of keeping things light. A feel good jam that is perfectly placed on the album to keep things moving along, and like the song says, “It’s fun while it lasted.”

“The Hitcher” brings things down a bit for the softer side of Wilson. The track features a second guitar played by none other than Jesse Davey (The Hoax). In addition to the added guitar the song features a classic call and call back vocal arrangement executed wonderfully. Broken Machine  also features, Roger Inniss and Bob Fridzema.

Broken Machine also sees Ash working side by side with his brother Phil Wilson who not only drums on Broken Machine, also produces, mixes and co-writes the material on the debut album.

The Review 7.5/10

Can’t Miss Tracks

– Broken Machine
– Words Of A Woman
– Out Of Time
– The Hitcher
– Show Me How To Love You

The Big Hit

– Show Me How To Love You

Review by Jeremy Schantz

Buy the album: Amazon | Amazon UK

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