Writer, producer, artist and co-founder of Eurythmics, Blackbird Diaries is Dave Stewart's first solo album of new material in over a decade. With an American flare and rooted in rock, country, and blues, Blackbird Diaries is in the vein of recent releases by Neil Young masterful recordings mixed with rich and detailed lyrics. Material features co-writes with Bob Dylan and with Stevie Nicks as well as duets with Stevie Nicks, Martina McBride, Colbie Caillat and several tracks featuring The Secret Sisters.
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And now for something completely different: rock veteran Dave Stewart pays tribute to American music with a timeless collection of original songs recorded at Blackbird Studios in Nashville. They feature wailing pedal steel, keening organ, female backing vocals, and Stewart's agreeably raspy voice. "The Blackbird Diaries" is an unadulterated pleasure: bluesy, rootsy, and rocking. It deservedly won rave reviews in the UK, where the CD came out in June. It's eclectic and bountiful and authentic, Dave's best-ever solo release.
On the first cut, "So Long Ago," he namechecks the late, great country blues artists Jessie Mae Hemphill and Mississippi John Hurt as well as the Rolling Stones; that should give you the flavor of the first three tracks. Like Keith Richards and Bob Dylan (a blues number, "Beast Called Fame," is positively Dylanesque), Stewart was deeply influenced by the music of the Delta. "Magic in the Blues" offers similar devotion, briefly evoking the sounds of Muddy...
Dave Stewart has proven a jack of all trades over the years, working with numerous musicians across many genres of popular music. Truth be told, and you have to admit it, his best work was with Annie Lennox as the Eurythmics. He was firing on all cylinders then, making pop music history.
In 1990, he embarked on a solo career beginning with "Dave Stewart And The Spiritual Cowboys" and the song "Party Town" as featured in the mediocre film "Flatliners". The album was good, and a nice, if not entirely different, step out on his own musically. I own all of his solo albums, and I listened to all of them prior to listening to "The Blackbird Diaries", his fifth studio solo album, and his first since 1998's "Sly-Fi".
I see the few handful of reviewers here gush over "The Blackbird Diaries", but I'm here to temper their enthusiasm with some reality. The reality being that Dave Stewart, a Brit, has gone to Nashville, Tennessee, gathered a crop of homegrown musicians, and...
This is one of the best if not best efforts I have heard so far this year. Not a clunker on the whole CD. This might be a career defining moment for Dave Stewart and unless something better comes along should definetly scoop up a Grammy ( or two!).
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