almost 18 months since the last one, but that doesn't mean ol’ Rory
Gallagher’s spent his time going grand on us. Quite
in fact, ‘Jinx’ must be his rootsiest album in years. It simply
oozes with the blues, a real gutbucket job if ever I heard one.
Rory himself and recorded in Germany, ‘Jinx’ flies in the face of
fashion. Confronted with the trickery and technology of the
modern studio he's chosen to take a step backwards in time and go for
the stripped down sound of a naked three piece.
Which doesn't mean that you don't hear an overdub here and there.
But just like the Rolling Stones classic ‘Exile On Main Street’, this
album sounds like it was recorded in one small room where there was
nowhere to hide.
Rory Gallagher fuses the hard rock rhythms of the 80's with the licks
he first learned with Taste during the Blues Boom fifteen odd years
ago. On belters like 'Signals' and 'Bourbon', he squeezes them
out of his old Stratocaster like there's no tomorrow, while on
something like 'Double Vision' he slides into them a little slower
before changing down again into a title track that sounds like Peter
Green's Fleetwood Mac back from the grave.
on bass and new drummer Brendan O’Neill match his every move and prove
their versatility on 'Devil Made Me Do It'. But the best is a
delicate 'Easy Come Easy Go' where Gallagher and the lads recall their
ever wondered what Phil Lynott and Van Morrison might sound like teamed
up with Rory Gallagher on guitar…this could just be it. CHAS DE
article comes from the May 1982 issue of Kerrang
Thanks to Brenda O'Brien for sharing & preparing this article
reformatted by roryfan