Title - 'Badass Generation (Limited Edition/Digipak)'
Artist - The Paul Nelson Band
For those not in the know, The Paul Nelson Band is, of course, Paul Nelson, the Grammy award-winning guitarist to Rock/Blues legend, Johnny Winter, and his newly formed band showcasing an array of musical styles on their debut album Badass Generation.
Nelson's fans will hear his unique virtuosity on the guitar incorporating his deep blues roots and also a broader dimension of sounds and styles. Indeed, 'Keep It All Together' features Morten Fredheim's soaring vocals, the infectious groove and chorus on 'Goodbye Forever' features Nelson's stellar guitar, and 'Please Come Home' displays emotional melodies and soulful slide guitar work.
These are just some of the great songs on this amazing album. However, and on a side note, looking at the back cover art and, well, quite why the four band members are trudging through snow in black suits is one thing. But with regard said quartet of musicians, spotting the "odd man out" is the easiest game since Where's Waldo!
This rip-roaring, genuine old school rock 'n' roll express thunders out of the station with 'Down Home Boogie' ("I'm driving down south where the girls are pretty, wanna get right down, down to the nitty gritty") and backs that up with both the funky rocker 'Keep It All Together' and the harmonica pop of 'Goodbye Forever.' The guitars get slung low for 'Cold Hearted Mama,' which is then followed by the mid-tempo pop vibe of 'Please Come Home.'
The down south funk is back on 'Root To All Evil,' which is definitely one of the stand out tracks here on this great album, and that's backed by cicadas chit-chat introducing the slow poke, guitars on laps jaunt of 'Swamp Thing.' The Paul Nelson Band's pop rock vibe is back again on 'Come With Me,' but the boys get their rockin' boots back on with the powerhaus 'Out Of Time.' That vibe continues onward, in a very Aerosmithesque style with 'Trouble,' before the album comes to a close with both 'Fooled By Love,' and then the giving-it-all-they've-got 'Take It Back.'