ALBUM REVIEW: Keith Wilson and the Spiritualists – L6 Boomslang


Most people will know Keith Wilson for his sharp tongued poetry on the Billy Butler Show or for his stirring TV monologues. Some may even think he is one of The Beach Boys. Apart from the poetry and the TV presenting Keith is a highly talented singer songwriter with his band the Spiritualists. Shaun McCoy reviews their new album ‘L6 Boomslang’

Keith and the band have released a modern classic of an album featuring a plethora of great music, vocals and as you would expect from a poet – illuminating lyrics. L6 Boomslang is full of musical grandeur from full blooded rock & roll to jazz laden eastern psychedelia, which features emphatically in Khalilah On A Camel. A saxophone rides free form on a magic carpet over eastern string arrangements and authentic percussion.

The album also features the incredible soul backing of Killa Sista, a great vocal duo in their own right who add an extra dimension to the album’s tracks such as on the hip-hop-funk fuelled Ba57ard were Keith shows off his talents as a soul singer and rapper. There are so many musical genres that are included on this excellent album – the reverberating folk filled strings of Lilac Tree were Keith croons a romantic ballad of lyrical finery with an atmospheric flute solo breezing through it.

Some of the other highlights on the album are from the more conventional rock/pop commercial sounding tracks of Fake Bake Shake a catchy all out radio friendly scorcher about the hedonistic egos of Mersey girls out on the town. Guitar and sax duke it out as Keith and the girls rise in vocal prowess.

While Comb Over Beethoven is a modern rock & roll classic in the mould of Eddie Cochran and Chuck Berry with its twanging rockabilly guitar, fast pace drums chasing after a sax, harmonica and soul drenched backing vocals.

Angel Delight is the influence for the husky toned – Strawberry Pink, a romantic ballad with a comic twist placed on top like a glace cherry. Keith finishes this fine album off with one of his classic retorts in Let’s Talk About Me as he lyrically turns the tables on the figure he is venting his distain at. It’s Keith at his anarchic best.

 

WORDS BY: Shaun McCoy

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