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Do not be fooled by the title of the album, “Dead already” because its author is alive and well proves it here for more than 57 minutes. I had temporarily abandoned the blues lately but Slim Paul was able to call me to order and get back on track with this little gem explosive …
If the name of Slim Paul does not tell you anything, maybe that of Scarecrow will remind you something … This group Toulouse has made a lot of talk with his new mix of blues with Hip Hop. Slim Paul was the guitarist and singer. He has long been immersed in the roots of the blues and has a passion for African-American music.
In 2016, weary of the adventure Scarecrow (which took his members to play until the States), he leaves alone in New York to immerse himself in music and write what will soon be his 3rd EP, “Not yet man” that will be released in 2017. The bases of his future first album, “Dead already”, are almost ready …
The 12 titles present are real firebrands full of urban blues often bleeding (“Same mornin”) or the edge of the explosion (“Stuck on my own city”, “Lady sorrow”) where seem to prowl the ghosts of Calvin Russell, Rory Gallagher or Muddy Waters. Gospel finds its place in opening with “One of these days”, as well as folk with “Nola song” (tribute to New Orleans), and rhythm ‘n’ blues with “Let me in”.
The voice of “Slim” Paul is the perfect instrument to best express the passion and rage he conveys through his blues. The guitar (electric or acoustic) is the logical and natural extension … A master stroke!