LOL Goodman Band – Rock and Blues

Blues Matters review of Tautology – June 2014

It isn’t that long ago since Blues Matters reviewed Lol Goodman’s debut
album, Old Dogs ‘n’ Licks, and so it’s a welcome treat to receive album
number two. Meaningfully co-titled under the definition (and sub-heading) of
“the use of words which merely repeat something already stated.” it is more
of the same tightly-honed homeland blues. With the exception of one track,
the album is penned by Goodman and he shows an appropriate insight into the
use of words and music that suit the blues genre. This album is a step up,
or across, from the debut, and illustrates the band’s rapidly rising tenure
particularly on the live circuit; they have come out of the back room in the
pub and are now on the festival route.

The lyrical storytelling of the blues author offers little new yet it is
something to which we all return so tracks like Last Deed Of A Dying Man and
Dust Myself Down can still enlighten and offer enjoyment aplenty. The former
mixes distressed vocals with accentuated guitar and soothing keys, the
latter a funky rhythm that has archetypal blues resilience. Goodman tries
his hand at the poignant and the proud too, and Highway will have lighters
and candles in the air at their live shows, maybe. Then there is the Stonesy
Here Comes The Cougars and the recognition that amongst the pain and
suffering, much of our release from such burdens comes in the form of
humour. All in all, a nice step forward and we can confidently look forward
to album number three.