You can hear a little Bob Marley in Battle. You can hear a little Bluegrass in Rising Souls. Like most people, I would have never heard of this group if someone didn’t “turn me on” to it. In this case, Jayson Tanner, here at Wrecking Ball Radio. This has quickly become one of my favorite albums.
I have been listening to it all morning....
That was the initial review. My son, Nathaniel Wells of the Indie band Completely Off Balance, walked in during the song “Healing Arizona” and thought it was so cool, he wanted to hear the whole album. That is the appeal of Olly Oxen Free by Dangermuffin. If you appreciate good music, there is a lot to like about Dangermuffin.
The guitar work on Olly Oxen Free is some of the best I have had the pleasure to listen to in recent years. Taken as a whole this is a solid album with something for everyone. Battle, Circle Bird and Sea Funk give you the fun side of a Jam Band and make you want to move your feet. Songs like Rattle The Cage, Jaula and Slumber are in that easy listening mellow type of mood.
Dangermuffin really hits its stride on Healing Arizona, Loneliest Highway, Back in the Pines and Rising Souls. Where the other songs on Olly Oxen Free speak to you and make you want to move, these songs bring together all of the diverse elements of Dangermuffin’s sound together to make music that speaks to the heart.
Olly Oxen Free is an album that puts a good concert into a single album. There is something for everyone and every song appeals to different people on different levels. Whether you like country, bluegrass, blues or reggae you will like something about this album. If you are like me and want to take a musical journey.
You will like it all.
by Steve Wells