Sulo – ‘Full English’ (Cargo Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Dom Daley   
Monday, 27 November 2017 04:00

sulo full english 17ceacec 842c 4e50 9de1 315b0652714b 1024x1024Not content with recording with The Crunch, Sulo just about enters the final knockings of 2017 with a solo album that is something of a tip of the hat to the musical heritage that has helped shape his direction over the years - and boy has he managed a mighty fine assembly of tunes.


‘Lady Jane’ is full of classic stylings, from the Who-like stabs to the Mott-like saxophone solo that punctures a really impressive opener. Fans of his previous band need not worry about the direction, as it's not that far removed: damn, it’s still rock ‘n’ roll kids.  The acoustic-led 'Something About That Girl' has a warm familiar feeling to its easygoing swing: I don't think it’s a pure fluke that it has some Ronnie Lane panache in the blood that is coursing through the body of this song.  I love the barroom piano on 'Sorry For The Young'.


As the album unfolds, it's easy to get carried away on what is essentially a great bunch of songs from someone who has immersed himself in the sounds he has heard throughout his life.  He's poured equal measures of The Faces, The Who and The Kinks, as is evident on the blistering 'Stand On The Rock'. A nods as good as a wink as a tip of the hat on 'Finest Words', if you know what I mean: it’s simple yet it's more what’s left out and letting the songs breathe, which is a really strong point, and the arrangements come from a place of love and understanding which makes this honest, so listenable and not contrived - and a bit cheesy. 


The album really does get interesting over the last portion, as Sulo teams up with some real legends of the British music scene for some delectable covers, or interpretations of some well-known songs. Billy Bremner hops on board for a honkingly good 'Hot Swagger In The Big Smoke' while Wilco Johnson knocks out the familiar riff for 'Roxette'. 'Enjoy The Risk' is dark and jazzy but includes Robert Wyatt; Spike pops up for 'Roses and Rings', Dave Higgs has some 'Teenage Depression'… but, the Dave Tregunna take on 'Borstal Breakout' isn't something you were expecting and the introduction about says it all.


An excellent album from Sulo, and one I'd certainly recommend you pick up.  Fans of his former work, both solo and with Diamond Dogs will love this, and new fans will soon find a new singer to add to their list of must owns. Being on a diet this was one full English I was more than happy to go back for seconds and thirds, dig in folks.


‘Full English’ is out now. You can get your copy HERE.


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