BrokenThings (2017)

Billy Crain does not leave his aficionados dissatisfied. Since 2010, release of his first solo album "Skeletons In The Closet", Billy is very fertile. Then follow the albums "Creole Shoes" (2012), "Silent Roar" (2014), "Family Matters" (2015), "Hard Places" (2016) and the latest “Broken Things”, including ten tracks. Billy Crain has forged his own style, a rock of Christian obedience tinged with country, folk, rock and Southern rock with a rather aerial register, always very pleasant to the ear, a real paintstaking work on the level of the osmosis of piano/bass/drums and guitars. Listening to it, we think of the great American "songwriters" Tom Petty, John Mellencamp, John Hiatt: Billy Crain is part of this quilt with the art of being multi-instrumentalist. He proves it on this very accomplished album, with to start a resounding title "The Bible And The Gun", a real pearl, with the changes of rhythm elaborated, where the celestial guitar of Billy distinguished itself. It's the same on "Skin And Bones". A whiff of guitar harmonies stands out on "I like Broken Things". "Orphan" presents itself with a rather progressive structure, "Rock Paper Scissors" jumps with joy and enthusiasm, but it is especially the Allmannian title "Skydog" which summarizes the best this album turning to the demonstration by its exquisite harmonies of guitar. At times, we also think of Henry Paul Band's and Outlaws’ period of Billy. The rest is of the same ilk, well played, well recorded and mixed with a maniac care by the master Billy Crain. We do not get bored for a second, it scrolls gracefully, album from which flows pure happiness for any ear attentive to magnificence.

Jacques Dersigny

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