Tyla J Pallas - 'The Devils Supper (Acoustic Sessions)' (King Outlaw Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Dom Daley   
Monday, 14 January 2013 03:00

Devils SupperWhat better way to see out 2012 and welcome in 2013 than with eleven brand new tracks from the master balladeer Tyla J Pallas?  Getting things underway in a very understated way with just voice and acoustic six string Tyla ushers in 'All Alone Without Me And You'. It harks back to a 'Graveyard Of Empty Bottles' feel and if you like stripped back raw rock 'n' roll then you'll know exactly where this is coming from.  Having lost none of his raw emotion it's a smokey late night chill out opener and just what you'd want to hear on a Tyla acoustic album.


'Yeah!' is a faster paced bluesy number about unconditional love no matter what, and whilst burning the house down along with the car might be acceptable surely wrecking your acoustic guitar is not? You have to draw the line somewhere Mr T surely?


'It Ain't Over Yet' has more than a nod towards Johnny Thunders 'In Cold Blood', but hey all the best rock 'n' roll is borrowed or pinched from somewhere or other and borrowing from the best is always a good starting point.


'In Another Life' is the sound of a master craftsman at work.  Melancholy, haunting and thoroughly captivating, it drew me in and had me hanging on every lyric. Oh so simple yet oh so effective, and put simply it's the pure essence of raw stripped back rock 'n' roll, a future classic? Why not?  


If you're already a fan of Tyla's previous work then this album is a no brainer and a great counter balance for his full electric records and it's something he's always done and always excelled at.  Cut from the same mould as 'Nocturnal Nomads' and 'In Life In Love In Dreams' it's one man and his music stripped bare.  The uplifting 'Nobody Superstar' feels familiar and welcoming whereas 'The Meaning' introduces the harmonica for the first time and if yet more proof that the King Outlaw is indeed the king of "soft songs for tough guys" were needed, well then this is it. Tyla keeps the listener engrossed throughout this simple and basic album with nothing more than an acoustic guitar a voice and the use of some great words, all sprinkled with that magic that not many artists can muster.


'Bible Black' is dark and brooding whilst 'One I Love' is heartbreaking in the best possible way, and to close the album out we have the 'Ode To Jackie Leven' which is the sound of triumph, and all about a prolific record releaser from north of the border sung by a man who is at the top of his game as he closes yet another album full of great great songs.


I tip my gatsby and raise a glass of the red stuff to the Iliad of Wolverhampton who once again creates epic soundscapes that are sometimes black and grey yet sometimes the notes and lyrics are as bright as a rainbow, but one thing they are always, and this is captivating.  


Quite simply peerless.