Tyla: Libertine

LIBERTINE

Publication And Date Unknown

Written By Matthew Honey

“You have to admire the chap, ten studio albums down the line and he is still the same old Tyla. Mixed reviews in the press and record company pressure have not changed him one bit, except maybe to spur him on to producing his best opus yet. Split into two halves, the mighty and mellow, if you cannot appreciate this one you are never going to get or enjoy the Tyla vibe. Happy cheerful songs they are not but addictive slices of real life they are. Maybe it is just that time of life I am going through, but the more I lsiten to the man the more I feel he understands life better than most. A spokesman for the disaffected middle aged, not quite what he imagined would happen I’m sure.

Combining gritty realism with his undoubted talent for songwriting and you have a powerful combination that cannot fail and pick up more fans. Songs to look out for, well most of them actually. “Ballad Of A Broken Heart,” has a great guitar sound to go with the corking tune, “Here Forever,” an exciting slide guitar bridge and “Low” some crazy Quireboy bogie that had to be recorded pissed as it so untogether the Stones will be jealous. As I have already mentioned, the second half of the album is total mellow overload with “Hate Pain,” being the best Tyla song I have ever had the pleasure of hearing, just Tyla, an acoustic guitar and a razor sharp production. Not only does he play up a storm but his singing on this one is pure class. “Thunder Rolls,” sees him maintain this quality as he plays the shit out of his steel string acoustic (I think). Easily on par with the best traditional black blues man has treated us to over the years.

After the disappointment of the Spike & Tyla album, this one has hit all the right spots and picked him up another two fans in this house. Lets hope that trend continues for one of Britain’s unsung heroes.”

8/10