Davy O'List

Flight of the Eagle

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Davy O'List, 1960s psychedelic guitar legend, waited until 1997 to release his first solo album. The first impression one gets is that the years have been kind to O'List, whose singing is decent and whose guitar playing displays lots of energy. His choice of sounds may prove less appealing, however, at least at the outset of this disc, because O'List seems bent on avoiding his '60s legacy as much as possible, and generates music here closer in spirit to the glitter rock that characterized his output with Jet in the 1970s. "Girls in My Cars" and "Fax" are pieces of '80s-style synth pop and rap music, respectively, that are sure to offend anyone purchasing this CD because of O'List's association with 1960s-style British psychedelia. "Outside Broadcast" does embrace a very '60s-ish psychedelic sound, especially on the guitar, but it's surrounded by very well-played but bland synthesizer-based rock. Strangely enough, one has to wade through those relatively dull opening cuts to get to the real jewels on this disc: the killer "Sealed With a Kiss," which has a great beat, a hot post-progressive rock sound, and hooks that linger in the memory; "You and I," the best cut on the album and one that, amazingly, focuses on O'List's skills on the trumpet, with killer hooks scattered through its length; "Flight of the Eagle," with its psychedelic guitar variations on a riff that sounds a lot like "You Really Got Me"; and the spirited, driving, hook-laden "Pale Pale Girl of the Neat White Uniform," which is a powerful, passionate piece of music and the best guitar showcase of O'List's entire career, also driven by O'List's career-best vocals. Those cuts make this not only a worthwhile purchase, but a keeper.

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