RANDALL BRAMBLETT Rich Someday (New West)
Blessed with the perfect purpose-built Southern rock name, Georgia resident Bramblett is a former member of Sea Level and The Enlightenment Road Band. A pianist and saxophonist, his resume also includes stints with Steve Winwood, The Allman Brothers Band and Widespread Panic.
Perhaps predictably, then, theres a deep, thick Southern swampiness to the arrangements on Rich Someday. Where Are You Tonight?, which opens with the line Standing by a statue of Stevie Ray Vaughan, might not be startlingly original but its mesh of Hammond washes, guitar and hammer-down percussive propulsion begs to be played loudly on blazing hot summer afternoons.
The album doesnt maintain the quality of this opening shot, but its still spikier than yer average, diversifying into pots and pans garage clatter on the title track, and Its Alright spreads its ache like butter across the open plains. The pinpricks of piano on The More Youre Fading sound almost like Robert Wyatt, and theres something appropriately creeping and seeping about Oil Spot.
Bramblett doesnt write conventional storylines, his songs are more like impressionistic collisions of images that gently nudge the listener towards a destination. Consequently they dont have much in the way of narrative drive, yet sometimes it works in their favour, such as on the sparse, ghostly Concrete Mind, which sounds clouded with remorse.