Consisting of 12 bluesy, rock fuelled tracks, dominated with transfixing guitar slingin’, Sidewinder is Matty T Wall’s second full length album, following his 2016 release, ‘Blue skies’.
Sidewinder commences with a fairly heavy groove, leaving excitement and anticipation for what the album has in store. Expelling sounds reminiscent to that of ‘Jet’ or the likes of towards the beginning of the album, Sidewinder comprises wonderfully changeable tracks, that seem to blend so inadvertently, leaving no room for bore or repetition. As the album proceeds, tracks, like ‘Change is gonna come’, unveil a softer side for Wall and helps to create a smooth divide from the fuller sounds that occupy much of the album.
Taking similar tones to that of his influences, such as Eric Clapton and Buddy Guy, as well as tastes of jazz and flamenco, of which he studied in his earlier year, Sidewinder is a powerful album full of variation that could well be imagined to blow the roof of any blues bar.
It seems so easy for blues acts to become repetitious but Wall has immaculately achieved a medium between classical guitar/blues and a new composition of jazz, rock and blues, beautifully pulverised into the musical journey that is, Sidewinder.
Whether you have an interest in blues and rock or not, Wall’s Sidewinder is well worth a listen, promising something for everyone and anyone.
Reviewed by Aine Keogh