Lloyd Spiegel: Cut and Run Review

Cut and Run is the tenth studio album by Australian Lloyd Spiegel. This is the third part of a spontaneously written series of albums in which Spiegel and his guitar tell the lonely and regretful tale of a traveling musician. This is an area of expertise for Spiegel, who has been playing professionally and touring Australia, North America, Europe and Asia since he was a teen.

Cut and Run is a deep journey through Spiegel’s thoughts on the road. He starts off with the soulful blues rendering“Any Second Now,” in which Spiegal’s dark guitar hums and the drums kick around underneath the Z.Z. Top-esque lead guitar. He discusses his search for redemption. Cymbals crash and Spiegel’s anti-establishment vocals are suppressed with effects in “Rattle Your Cage.” These first two songs feature the expertly played, dynamic riffs and solos that the Aussie has been mastering since picking up the guitar at the age of 4. The fuzzy intro of “Tokyo Blues” is laden with feedback, offering a stark contrast to the clean and crisp riffs throughout the rest of the song. “Tokyo Blues” is a lyrical gem that details the harrowing life, full of hazy nights, of a musician touring Japan.

The album slows down with the somber “Let Your Love Lie Down” eventually picking up with the acoustic intro to “Track Her Down.” Spiegel’s guitar chimes under his re-suppressed vocals. The catchy chorus features soulful vocals and a horn section that blows in unison with Spiegel’s electric and acoustic guitar parts. The marriage of the marriage and acoustic sounds is featured again on the silky “One More Heartache,” in which delicate, tremolo riffs and clapping drums bring to mind ‘90s alternative rock. Spiegel’s blues roots, howeverm are highlighted throughout the album, specifically on “The Hustle,” a gritty and choppy hard rocker and “Mr. Jenkins.”

The final, acoustic chord of Cut and Run naturally fades out in the angelic, heartbroken “Old Wounds.” It is a song about Spiegel leaving destruction in his wake. The album is a roller coaster ride through Spiegel’s touring musician livelihood, and his playing and lyrics show the toll it has taken. Like a roller coaster, the end of the album leaves the listener emotionally drained, but wishing for more.

The Review: 7/10

Can’t Miss Tracks

– Tokyo Blues
– Track Her Down
– Mr. Jenkins
– One More Heartache

The Big Hit:

– One More Heartache

Review by Spencer Rubin

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