Datura 4 — Blessed Is the Boogie
(Alive Natural Sound 0204, 2019, CD / LP)
by Henry Schneider, Published 2019-11-20
Blessed Is the Boogie is the third album by the Western Australian band Datura4, fronted by Dom Mariani. Here we have ten brand new songs recorded in a studio farmhouse in Fremantle. Blessed Is the Boogie takes the band a few staggering steps further on from their previous two albums Demon Blues and Hairy Mountain. Guitarist Mariani, bassist Stu Loasby, drummer Warren “Wazza” Hall, keyboardist Bob Patient, and on harmonica Howie Smallman channel Canned Heat and ZZ Top to get you up off your seat and rock out. Endless riffs, strutting organ, and fuzzed guitars make for some gutsy boogie. Highlights are the “Evil People Part 2,” “Not for Me,” and “Cat on a Roof.” The final track “The City of Lights” starts out slow and I almost wrote it off. But then for the final couple of minutes Datura4 kicks it into high gear for an all out, no holds barred, prog psych jam.
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