Fred & The Healers
2001, Universal Music, 013 6082
Songs (Click the -icons
for some small realaudio-samples)
2. Walkin' down town
3. The Wrong side
4. At home last night
5. Sacred Ground
6. Thanks for the snack
7. The devil's cry
8. I'm Back
9. Tell Me
10. Well but tired
11. Watch wanna do
12. The parking rider
13. Will I ever know?
14. Don't forget me
- Frédéric Lani (guitars, vocals)
- Axel Muller (drums)
- Jérome Boquet (rythm guitar)
- Papy X (bass guitar)
- Pieter van Bogaert (organ)
- Dave Reniers (harp)
- Pascale Michiels & Chantal Willie (backing vocals)
Produced by Fred Lani & David Minjauw
Recorded in studio Dada (Brussels)
Artwork : Creation & Devotion
Photo's : Jo Clauwaert
The status that El Fish enjoys in Flanders,
that of the most interesting young blues band, has been reserved in the South
of the country for some years already and with as big a margin to Fred & his
Healers. But where El Fish is always smuggling influences from outside into the
blues repertoire, Frédéric Lani and his troup are being much more
"good boys", colouring well within the lines of the blues idiom. On
opening track "Stayin' Out" it goes "Old-fashioned blues, is
not useless. You know we're here to stay, it's not 'cause we're grotesque. Make
people feel good, don't tell them no lie. You know we're here to stay, let's have
Fred is first and foremost a phenomenal blues guitarist, constantly on the lookout
for a moment in each song to start freaking out over the full lenght of his guitar
neck. But on this third CD Electerrified, much more work has gone into the variation
and structure of the songs - there is but one cover on it - which leads them from
hard boogie and rocking blues à la Johnny Winter or Rory Gallagher to sad
bluespop à la Stevie Ray Vaughn. This variation is highly beneficial to
the CD and as Fred rightly said in interviews promoting the album "it
is varied but homogenous, with less space for "guitar heroism" ... Our
playing has become more mature. We have tried to get rid of all parasites in our
music, to get to the heart of it and concentrate really on composition and writing.
Electerrified is our most finished album up to now."
The vocal parts are of a lesser quality, still, and they clearly demonstrate that
this ain't no band of colour'd folk from the Mississippi delta playing, but white
bums from somewhere just South of Brussels.
Best songs are for me "Stayin' Out", "Watcha Wanna Do",
"At home last night", "Sacred Ground", the slow
build-up of "The devil's cry" or the deliciously jazzy "Tell
Me". But the skip-funtion has been programmed for clumsy stomping songs
such as "Thanks for the Snack", "The Parking Rider"
and the somewhat over-enthusiastic Status Quo-ish "Don't Forget Me".
"Electerrified" is the first album of Fred & The Healers for a major
(Mercury / Universal), after both of their previous albums sold well over 5,000
copies. This has probably made them edge off a few of the more radical sides of
their music, and once or twice, there's a fade-out during a solo. But all in all
this is a good step for the band, I guess, which still grants Fred & The Healers
room for a lot of growth.
This album in the press :
- Bart Cornand in Knack (Focus) : "Twee jaar geleden werd dit
kwartet nog de hemel ingeprezen door Robert Cray, toch een man die zijn pappenheimers
kent. Intussen is de band verder geëvolueerd, en met Electerrified levert
de Waalse bluestrots een plaat af die haar sporen zal nalaten in het Belgische
blueswereldje ... Als ze nu nog even aan het pijnlijke Engels willen werken, komt
het nog allemaal goed."
- Jempi Samyn in Stage : "Dat er in dit landje een aantal talentvolle
bluesmuzikanten rondlopen hoeven we jullie niet meer te vertellen. Artiesten en
groepen zoals Roland, Marc Lelangue, Mambo
Chillum, Tee, The Electric Kings, Theresa Malenfant, The
Seatsniffers, Burning Plague ...
Er schiet mij plots nog zo'n groep van bij ons te binnen, die er al bijna zeven
jaar in slaagt om dat gevoel vakkundig om te zetten in een bijzonder authentiek
en spontaan klinkend bluesgeluid: Fred & The Healers."
- JdN in The
Ticket : "... 'Electerrified'explore les facettes d'un blues plus
énergique et divertissant que révolutionnaire, habité de
la fièvre des performances live qui leur ont assis une solide réputation
de bêtes de scène. ... On aurait tout de même aimé plus
d'impertinence et un moins grand respect des canons du genre."
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