It may seem easy and obvious to summarise the POISON DELUXE experience as a possible contamination of the sound of The Doors ('P. Skunk' is supposed to be a blues track written by Manzarek as a divertissement) and the harmonic structure of almost all Josh Homme's ventures. In The Dead Tree Blues, for instance, one would expect to see the genius Jack White appear in addition to the aforementioned blondie, as the multifaceted blues material is tackled in his own accomplished guitar playing style. All this is a pretty good reference for a project taking its first, if not shy, steps.
Perhaps the best part is found in Max Ear's good taste (here he is joined by his former OJM bandmate Frank Puglie on guitar) in rearranging his boogie to challenge the patterns of the main music writing. This is exactly what you'd expect from a side project: complete freedom in song development, as well demonstrated in the appropriately titled track 'A Free Demonstration'. That's why, in addition to the aforementioned musicians, this album also benefits from the contribution of the early Beck. Tracks like 'When I'm Down He Comes Down', 'Vortex Blues', 'Old Memories' and 'Ocioidei' are reminiscent of Mr. Hansen's experiments at least until Mellow Gold. In conclusion, the perfect sound to score with a girl!
Frank Puglie | vocals, guitars
Stefano Paski | piano bass, keyboard
Max Ear | drums
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