Though he plays a blazing lead guitar, Foster McGinty has a funky folk-soul bounce to his work, as the lead-off cut, Can't Help but Shine, well shows. There's a background of Cream to 10 Moons in the aggressive repeating chords, vaguely Jack Bruce-ish vocals, Claptony leads, and old-blues understructure, so you know the guy understands where his roots are. Perhaps ironically, a bit of a quizzicality is being expressed here and there about the disc's titling, with all kinds of to-the-side explanations forwarded, but, well we know why the Allman Bros. titled their early two-fer Eat a Peach, don't we? Spotting the artwork of the ripe fruit with its hemispheric cleft and what looks to be four fingreprints to one side, d'ya need to read Chaucer to get the allusion?
There's a fair amount of this sort of updated revivalism going on lately, and McGinty and his crew one-up such efforts as The Indigenes, having digested more of the full spectrum of the era's ambiance, not just the Hendrix throw-offs (which tended to exist in a sometime embarrassing superfluity not long after Jimi shuffled off the coil). Foster threw over the roaring thunder of the genre to adopt an atmosphere more akin to what Richie Kotzen's and others fell into. Turquoise demonstrates this perfectly, mellowed out amidst tawny evanescent lead lines, a rambling bass, aquiline organ, and drums accenting the lazy tempo.
McGinty has absorbed more than a little of the Watts, Stax, and Motown soul-psyche interface in the same way Mother's Finest did but he chose a rootsier approach and atmosphere, keeping the entire effort from waxing too modern. Doran Danoff's bridging of the organ between Jimmy McGriff, Steve Winwood, and Jon Lord doesn't hurt either, nor do the wailing background vocals or shifts in timbre. More than a little of the Dolly Dagger vibe and wild tang enters in (Circus Mind for instance) but McGinty isn't aping Jimi, as the buzzsaw edge to his guitar proves, he's just tumbling into the turmoil and then working his way back out again, the solution of which becomes the CD's, and our, benefit.
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