Blue sees once again the joint talents of Ex-Dare/Ten guitarist Vinnie
Burns and former Ultravox/YA YA Sam Blue join forces to showcase their
talents. The two of them having worked together on Vinnie’s solo album
After Vinnie’s sudden departure from Ten in 2001, it gave way for
Vinnie to follow his heart and create the sort of music that does not
revolve around mystical pixies and more things in the real world. The
heartfelt promises we make to ourselves, the things that do actually
matter in life. Escapism is fine but sometimes it can all get a bit
heavy going and it’s good to hear a bit of light hearted good old
fashioned fun in the music.
Sure Vinnie could have just asked Sam to guest on another solo album and
no one would have thought any different, but the difference with this
album is that it really is a partnership between two friends and you can
hear the respect they have for each other in the music that they write.
I’ve seen them perform some of the songs live at the recent Gods
festival and I have to say neither one of them hogged the stage and
tried to steal the limelight from the other. Sure Vinnie might be better
known on the circuit than Sam, but both men have so much to offer the
world of melodic rock and together they are going to do just that.
Also joining them on the album are Pete Jupp (FM) on drums, and Bob
Skeat (Wishbone Ash) on bass guitar. The resulting album showing all
four talents to the full. With Vinnie and Sam writing together again to
produce an album of the highest quality. Sam’s vocals are very
reminiscent of Phil Mogg from UFO, perhaps mixed with a little of Dave
Meniketti from Y & T.
The album is one of the easiest albums to listen to that is not too
harsh on the ears with classic rock riffs on guitar and powerful vocals.
This is a far cry from Vinnie’s days in Ten where I think his talents
were a little stifled. No disrespect to Ten intended.
The album itself is full of a variety of styles and moods, from the
opening track ‘Cool me Down’, gone are any similarities to anything
Vinnie has done in the past with Ten. The Phil Mogg resemblance is
uncanny, on quite a few tracks but none more so that on ‘I’m gonna
Win’ and the more down tempo ‘Crazy’.
Altogether ‘What If’ is a great package of songs and melodies that
any classic rock album would be proud to have on it. 53 minutes of pure
pleasure to listen to.