Album review – DAMON JOHNSON ‘Echo’

echoDamon Johnson’s been burning up the music business for quite a while now, using his skills as a vocalist and (more famously) as guitarist in bands like Brother Cane, Thin Lizzy, Alice Cooper, and Black Star Riders. He definitely seems to be on a creative hot streak lately: releasing two fantastic albums in a row with Black Star Riders, touring with fellow Black Star Rider Ricky Warwick, and now releasing his solo album ‘Echo’.

First off: ‘Echo’ does not really sound like Black Star Riders or Thin Lizzy, but it does sound like some pretty darn kick-ass rock and roll. It’s a 5-track helping of rock with a heavy, deep vibe that allows Johnson to show off his chops as a songwriter, as a vocalist, and (of course) as a guitarist.

The album kicks off with the riffy, gritty, and fuzzy ‘Dead’ – my favourite tune on this album. It has a dark and rugged feel that hooked me from the first note.

Next up is the swinging and swaggering ‘Nobody Usin’ – a hooky track that really stands out with its attitude, hard-driving drums, and catchy chorus: it’s the kind of track I’d love to crank up to 11 in the car. Johnson absolutely has a way with those riffs, and this track really shows off that skill.

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The band (which includes Jarred Pope on drums and Tony Nagy on bass), slows things down for ‘The Waiting Kills Me’, but the track still has a satisfying edge with the heavy undertow of drums, bass and guitar.

There’s a more introspective mood on ‘Scars’ – “every step you take feels like a mistake” – a tune that takes off with a soaring chorus and some beautiful guitar-work by Johnson. Finally, ‘Echo’ closes out with ‘Just Move On’ – one of those tracks that is tailor-made to pick you up when you’re down.

The verdict: ‘Echo’ is a well-crafted and enjoyable release from Damon Johnson, and it will fit your palate just right if you’re a fan of well-crafted, hooky rock and roll.

Watch a live-version of ‘Dead’ right here:

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Tracklist:

  1. Dead
  2. Nobody Usin’
  3. The Waiting Kills Me
  4. Scars
  5. Just Move On

Lineup:

  • Damon Johnson – guitar, vocals
  • Jarred Pope – drums
  • Tony Nagy – bass

 

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