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There’s no mistaking that whiskey voice. Calling his new album Lucky Guy, once again enjoying the heady escape of writing, comfortable in his skin – and not ashamed to admit it.
Part of the Lyttleton crew of musicians (which includes Marlon Williams and Aldous Harding), Delaney has been around for what seems like an eternity in New Zealand music. Three times winner of the Country Music Song of the Year, he’s also won album of the year for Sad But True: The Secret History of Country Music Songwriting Vol One. So while the title of the album is sure to have a touch of typical tongue-in-cheek kiwi humour, he really has been on a bit of a winning streak.
An obvious foil to former album Bad Luck Man, Lucky Man has songs that are fairly grunty by Davidson’s standards. It feels present and rugged without seeming too ‘live’. Recorded at the Lab and mixed in New York with Matt Verta Ray, it was mastered by Adi Flueck at Caliber Club in Switzerland. Davidson collaborated with Ben Woolley and Joe McCallum (bass and drums) who were the rhythm section for Tami Neilson’s Dynamite and The Sad But True series with Marlon Williams.
Yes, his voice is – for some – bound to be an acquired taste. But there are some gentler sounding tracks; ‘Tell It To You’, with its catchy main riff and grunting guitars lays the bed nicely for some singing that is surprisingly sweet.
There are enough aces here to make you think that Delaney Davidson has rigged the deck a little. The album’s also different enough from past material to attract a new kind of listener – quite a feat for someone with such a long back catalogue.