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Review from MBAS Bluesletter Sep 2016

MBAS Album Review

“We Still Remember” is made up of eight Paul Buchanan originals and four not so obvious covers. Buchanan’s songwriting muse is drawn from his own life experiences which lend his compositions an unashamedly autobiographical bent. The album’s most pivotal track, “Almost Fifty Years”, all about travels on the road of love and the potholes, detours and roadblocks encountered along the way, is driven into the mystic by Buchanan’s unaffected gruff vocals, equal parts Tom Waits, Joe Cocker and Howlin’ Wolf, and Sandy Clark’s corrosive slide guitar, which eerily channels Duane Allman.

Buchanan’s gift for storytelling ranges from wry humour (“Mowing The Lawn”, perhaps an East Gippsland take on the back door man theme) to cautionary tales (“Molly and Her Man”, all about addiction and backsliding) and stories of love lost and won (“What You Gonna Do” and “Oh Yeah My Babe”). The songs are all wrapped in Buchanan’s hoarse roar of a voice and his sturdy acoustic rhythm guitar, which gives the album much of its ramshackle charm.

- Michael Macdonald

Track List
1 Talk To Me Baby (Elmore James)
2 Molly And Her Man (Paul Buchanan)
3 Mowing The Lawn (Paul Buchanan)
4 Oh Yeah My Babe (Paul Buchanan)
5 Sad Sad Day (Muddy Waters)
6 Boom Boom (John Lee Hooker)
7 Almost Fifty Years (Paul Buchanan)
8 Walking Away From Love (Paul Buchanan)
9 What You Gonna Do (Paul Buchanan)
10 Wild Woman (Paul Buchanan)
11 Come On In This House (Melvin London)
12 Woman, You’re So Damn Fine (Paul Buchanan)

© Stuart Anderson 2017