Who’s Bad Now
Peden, CSO Staff Journalist
be honest, I don’t know much about Michael ONeill. However on
listening to his music -- a rich blend of lived-in charm and
easy on the ear delivery, something more suited to the back of
the barroom than heel-kickin in the front of house sawdust –
I’m a fan.
believable talent. He’s done the hard yards and he’s paid
his long-served dues. It comes out, convincingly, in his music.
He’s toured with a publicist’s diary of talent, including
stadium fillers U2, and along the way he’s traded lyrical ink
with several “names”, including Bob Weir from The Grateful
Dead. Now after a stop and start that saw a couple of earlier
albums released, he’s creating industry buzz with Who’s
Out on his own
label, Sleeping Trout Music, the 10 mostly self-written and
produced tracks are a timely introduction to this American
singer songwriter, who has an almost filled tour diary on the
back of this release.
From his website
we learn that this is music that is testament to a life lived.
It’s a recording seeped in the great traditions, done to a
turn –music whose time has come. And on balance, given the
hype needed to create interest in a new recording, that’s
nearer the mark than not.
The album kicks
off with the testosterone charged “Who’s Bad Now”. More a
statement than a question, the tune winds the contours with a
sexy theme: a woman with charms best observed while she walks
away; it’s a sight our hero lyrically declares makes him want
to scream. The tune, if this early band sizzle isn’t enough,
enjoys an acoustic reprise as the album’s closer.
In the stellar
line-up of song originals, ONeill mines a classic, “Dixie
Chicken”. Written by Lowell George and Martin Kibbee, the tune
originally appeared on Little Feat’s 1973 album of the same
name. ONeill and his sparse but ample band prove convincingly
what we know – a good song, if done right, is always a good
song. Here, and forgive the pun, the tune cooks.
The album is
quickly gaining radio spins, both internationally and local,
with some tune placements on several Indie charts. Standout cuts
grabbing all the interest include the title track, the shared
saddle geography of “Cowboy Ride”, the rockin’
possibilities of “Austin” and the irony of “96 Tears”,
with not one more and not one less spilled.
Oh… if you’re
like me, and want to know more about Michael ONeill point and
click your search engine to Wikipedia, the online encyclopaedia.
For a guy who’s bad now and getting better with age, he has
the envied distinction of a mention.
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Who’s Bad Now
4:I Don’t Remember
8: Run To The Sea
10: Who’s Bad Now (Accoustic)
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