This is the fourth release by the Lincolnshire born singer/song writer/guitarist Jack Broadbent and I’m amazed by the scale of his voice, songs and dexterity. This whole album screams American roots with a blues bias and it is just so surprising that Broadbent is actually English as he seems to have the U.S. sound ingrained in him. He is gaining recognition too with the Montreux Jazz Festival hailing him as ‘the new master of the slide guitar’ and the legendary Bootsy Collins calling him ‘the real thang’, praise indeed from the master of funk. This is laid back roots being both reflective and poignant with lyrics directly from the soul.
The musical approach of Jack Broadbent is to strip everything back to the basics and this simple and direct approach really allows you to pick out the nuances in the music with vocals that are simply delicious combining with acoustic and slide guitar that wrings every ounce of emotion out of his exquisite songs. Mick Broadbent supplies bass with keyboards from Bruce Cameron and the appropriately named Peter Keys with Miqui Gutierrez on saxophone but all, sensibly, take a back seat to the prodigious talent that is Jack Broadbent.
It seems that he honed his talents busking on the streets of London and it was here that he was discovered and this has led to tours around the world and opening up for some pretty major acts. If you are moved by the work of James Taylor then you will find much here to enjoy as this is beautifully delivered contemporary rock from a musician destined to become a major talent.