Project Description

LLOYD SPIEGEL

“This Time Tomorrow”

(Album Review)

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Lloyd Spiegel

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Lloyd Spiegel is towering figure of Australian blues. He may not be a household name as such but his bona fides are impeccable. Invited to the US by blues legend Brownie McGhee at the age of 16, the trajectory of Spiegel’s development as an artist was set early on in the piece.

Since sometime around the mid-90s Spiegel has plied his trade as a solo act and has, to say the least, mastered the ways of the old blues masters to a degree few other Australians can claim. He’s toured with everyone from Bob Dylan to Ray Charles.

Now, Spiegel releases his 9th album, This Time Tomorrow. It’s a ten track piece that showcases Spiegel’s extraordinary talent. One of the most noticeable things about this record, and indeed much of Spiegel’s work is how impossibly clean and crisp the sound is. A hefty chunk of contemporary bluesfolk rely on rustic production to create something that sounds like authenticity. Spiegel however lets his fingers do the talking. The closest comparison is probably something like Santana’s or even Gary Moore’s solo work over the years.

The subject matter of many of the tracks seems to have been collected over jaunts through a bunch of US and European cities and towns and loves and losses and a revisiting of familiar spaces. The refrain from highlight track Kansas City Katy ‘I guess the thing that’s changed is me’ speaks as does much of This Time Tomorrow, to the recurrent idea of being a stranger in a place you once weren’t, or waking up to a self you no longer recognise. The horns on Cure my Soul lend an audial credibility to the loneliness Spiegel lays at the listener’s feet in one of the rare moments his guitar work takes a less than front and centre role.

If what you’re looking for is something soaked in the moonshine of the Mississippi Delta then this one might not be for you; you’re probably best to stick to your Lightning Hopkins records. If, on the other hand, you want to hear what it sounds like when a virtuoso dedicates himself to his craft and hones that craft over a 30 year period then This Time Tomorrow is worth a couple of spins. Spiegel is an artist who understands how to get a guitar to sing and cry and scream and kick like very few of his contemporaries can, and This Time Tomorrow is a nice little slice of what it sounds like when a guy like that takes a few years to let the inspiration build.

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Reviewer – Benjamin Smith

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Lloyd Spiegel

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Tour Dates

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Friday 7th July

Hickinbotham Winery, Dromana, VIC

$25

Tickets

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Friday 14th July

Suttons House of Music, Ballarat, VIC

8:00pm

$20 + bf presale, $25 door

Tickets

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Thursday 20th July

The Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD

$25 + BF presale, $30 door

Tickets

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Friday 21st July

The Mullumbimby ex-Services Club, Mullumbimby, NSW

8:00pm

$25

Tickets

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Saturday 22nd July

The Sound Lounge, Currumbin, QLD

8:00pm

$20 presale, $25 door

Info

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Friday 4th – Sunday 6th August

The Melbourne Guitar Show

Info

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Friday 11th August

The Thornbury Theatre, Thornbury, VIC

Doors 7:30pm

$30 + BF presale

Tickets

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Saturday 12th August

The Old Church On The Hill, Bendigo, VIC

Doors 7:30pm

$25

Tickets

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