Kenny Dubman – “Reckless Abandon”

Hit the play button and it will throw you straight into a slide guitar intro immediately followed by some heavy chords and a catchy solo lick. Ahh this is what I loved about 70s rock, it hits you with a hook, followed by lyrics that have a meaning behind them, ‘It Ain’t Too Late For Memphis” is a song that will find its way into the hearts of both old school rock fans and country fans, from the slide licks, to the powerful vocals and hard driven guitars this is a great song, and one heck of a way to start an album. The second song “Devils Brew” hits home for most folks, talks of selling your soul and doing things you’d never dream of for money, then comes a rocking solo, and an acoustic section. It’s clear this artist is a fan of the 70s rock and roll style. Now the third song started to lose me, the rhythm, and name of the song kept me wanting to hear some Black Label Society, whom have a song with the same name(“Angel of Mercy”), as the song progresses it takes a turn away from that sound and becomes its own, and original sounding song, the song keeps true to the styling of the previous songs with a very dynamic feel. “Brother Against Brother” is a very upbeat song with a serious story behind it, and it keeps you rocking. “Son of a Colt .45” puts off a very Lynyrd Skynyd vibe, which is something that not many bands can do with an original sound like Kenny Dubman.

“Wolf At The Door” takes another route, still bound to be a popular song, it is a nice change of pace, the piano intro is just enough to make this song stand out, the song does not stay slow for long though. “Three Little Words” has an acoustic intro, in this song I feel the bass really shines through and carries the song. “Little Vibe” starts off with some quick and tight blues rock riffs and licks, the songs keeps true to the 70s vibe that the album has been putting out. “Sunset Serenade” Another song that is destined to be a hit, stays true to the vibe of the album, and does not disappoint. “Ghost On The Wind” while I don’t feel this to be the most powerful song on the album, it is a nice filler song, that helps round off the album, and will likely still find a good bit of playtime. The album wraps up with “After The Bomb Fell” a song that channels the skills and sound of Harry Chapin, and many others in that styling, with a solo that stands out yet fits so well with the song, this here is a song I can see being a Karaoke hit.

This entire album brings me back to the 70s, the sound, the lyrics, and overall vibe the album puts off, makes this album a hit in my book. I would rate this a strong 9/10.

— Adam