“If you don’t know who Johnny Bennett is you shouldn’t be too hard on yourself; yes he’s made a couple of fantastically super cool albums, which I have reviewed for Uber Rock in previous years, but the mainstream just doesn’t seem interested in covering him – it’s entirely their loss, and yours actually, you really should search out those records.
So, being a workaholic with an appetite for making music comparable in size to the Yellow Stone National Park, last year Johnny decided to work on a number of collaborations and this here album is the resulting work from a link up with his pal Gabe Ford, who is perhaps best known as the drummer with Little Feat for the last four years or so.
It’s about as straight down the line, organic-homely-rock as you could get, and it’s just brimming with Johnny’s suit an’ tie-mother-fucker-cool-guy-attitude, which is mirrored by Ford’s vocal input to opener ‘Ramble’ and the early ’90s grunge riff that it skates along on. Bennett takes the microphone for ‘My Sweetest Baby’, which is a song of the quality I for one have come to expect from this wonderful wandering minstrel, before ‘Carnival’ weaves a mood of enigmatic darkness as the pair known as The Gutter Report share vocal duties.
‘Come and Go’ again showcases Bennett’s absolute knack for penning, and performing, pop-rock perfection. ‘Midtown’ is a mid-tempo-mood setter that slows the pace before the wonderfully titled ‘No One Cares If Sam’s Your Uncle’ rocks everything back into place.
Tucked away towards the back of this great album is maybe the highlight, ‘All You Got to Do Is Believe’, which sits comfortably alongside anything from Johnny’s back catalogue in terms of depth and quality, which is maybe the perfect way to sum up the man himself as well as this album, depth and quality.
The Gutter Report is music made as it should always be made, by friends, friends who do what they like with a total disregard for fashion, but with every regard for integrity and belief. Johnny Bennett should be a name everyone knows, one of these days he may well be, and this album will certainly do no harm at all in his attempt to conquer the world.” Jamie Richards – Uber Rock
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