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Dave Loveland — Dangerous Rhythm
((Not on label) no#, 2022, CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 2023-09-03

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One might be immediately reminded of the more laid-back guitar instrumentals of the early 60s when the opening title track begins — The Ventures, Duane Eddy, The Shadows, Chet Atkins, and the like. In fact Dave Loveland played guitar in a number of instrumental guitar bands in his native England way back in the day, before he emigrated to Australia in 1976, where he furthered his career as a musician and music teacher all those many years ago. Along life’s path, Loveland has written over 400 original songs, yet Dangerous Rhythm is his first solo album, so as one might imagine, the twelve songs here represent the cream of his crop, a dozen beautifully melodic pieces that constantly remind the listener of a time before the surf rock sound, before the garage rock of the 60s, the blues-rock boom, before the Beatles and Stones, a time long before fuzz-boxes and wah-pedals and extreme distortion so prevalent today. The sound is magical and pristine, like something that got lost in time, structurally simple yet powerfully melodic, showcasing an amazing variety of guitar techniques, layer upon layer as each piece progresses. It’s only the closing track “Changing” that uses any degree of guitar effects, though still remaining sublimely melodic and filled with emotion. Loveland pretty much plays all of the instruments, numerous layers of guitars, bass, and simple drums and percussion, with some assistance from his sons Toby (acoustic rhythm guitar and acoustic solos) and Barney (bass on one track, “Blue Horizon”); for the most part these instrumental tunes are concise and dreamy, something from a completely different era, but here it is! Way I figure, Loveland still has 388 pieces remaining, and hopefully we won’t have to wait a lifetime for him to deliver the next installment.

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