Album Review: Dan Patlansky


Dan Patlansky

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Classy seventh LP from South African blues-rock bright spark.

DAN PATLANSKY’S previous album, Dear Silence Thieves, was about proving he had tunes to back up his virtuosic, Stevie Ray Vaughan-esque chops. It was also about introducing him to the UK, as he’d hitherto been largely confined to South Africa. Intro-Vertigo, however, is about building on that, and showing that the brilliant likes of Backbite weren’t one-offs.

Has he succeeded? Yes. There’s more to come from Patlansky, but Intro-Vertigo cements him as a serious player in modern blues-rock (not just a really good guitarist). There’s an easiness that propels his songwriter credibility, aided by his natural aptitude as a singer.

There are highlights, Stop The Messin’ being a notable one. A stylish Lenny Kravitz-tinged sass fest, it oozes randy assurance: ‘Share thoughts on what you are cravin’,’ he sings, ‘tell me you like misbehavin’…’ Not that he’s abandoned his guitar nerd roots, or his taste for the more traditional, 12-bar side of blues. The whole record pays ample respects to Vaughan, BB King and others. Feel-good shuffle Poor Old John is so SRV it should come with its own Stetson and beat-up Fender Strat (Patlansky himself has yet to go beyond the beanie, but anyone who’s seen him live will know his own Strat looks like it’s been lobbed around a bit too).

Patlansky can and will fly higher, but this groovy oeuvre still has the kind of spark that makes him a refreshing presence on the scene.

Polly Glass
Deputy Editor, Classic Rock

Polly is deputy editor at Classic Rock magazine, where she writes and commissions regular pieces and longer reads (including new band coverage), and has interviewed rock's biggest and newest names. She also contributes to Louder, Prog and Metal Hammer and talks about songs on the 20 Minute Club podcast. Elsewhere she's had work published in The Musician, delicious. magazine and others, and written biographies for various album campaigns. In a previous life as a women's magazine junior she interviewed Tracey Emin and Lily James – and wangled Rival Sons into the arts pages. In her spare time she writes fiction and cooks.