180 Gram Vinyl Record
On his aptly-titled Mascot Records' debut, What Happens Next, roots singer-songwriter and guitarist Davy Knowles boldly steps forward with timeless and cohesive songwriting; sleek modern production; and a lyrical, play-for-the-song guitar approach informed from soul, folk, rock, and blues.
The 12-song album is just as influenced by The Black Keys, Fantastic Negrito, Gary Clark Jr., as it is Muddy Waters, Junior Kimbrough, and R.L. Burnside. It is a cohesive body of work rather than a collection of disparate songs. On What Happens Next, Knowles's poetic songwriting, and his soulfully emotive singing steal the show. The 12-song body of work offers forth a peaks-and-valleys album experience winding through brawny riffs, jazzy blues balladry, and vintage soul before concluding with one of Knowles's most personal songs released to date.
Throughout it all, his guitar playing is brilliantly understated, his rhythm work is deft and dynamic-beefy on the rockers, and subtly supportive on the slower tunes — and his leads are economical but feature juicy blues bends and thick as molasses lead guitar tones.
|1. Light Of The Moon|
|2. Heartbreak Or Nothing|
|3. Roll Me|
|4. Get Lucky|
|5. Devil And The Deep Blue Sea|
|6. One & The Same|
|1. Solid Ground|
|3. Side Show|
|4. Hell To Pay|
|5. Wake Me Up When The Nightmare's Over|
|6. If I Ever Meet My Maker|