What better way to see out 2012 and welcome in 2013 than with eleven brand new tracks from the master balladeer Tyla J Pallas? Getting things underway in a very understated way with just voice and acoustic six string Tyla ushers in 'All Alone Without Me And You'. It harks back to a 'Graveyard Of Empty Bottles' feel and if you like stripped back raw rock 'n' roll then you'll know exactly where this is coming from. Having lost none of his raw emotion it's a smoky late night chill out opener and just what you'd want to hear on a Tyla acoustic album.
'Yeah!' is a faster paced bluesy number about unconditional love no matter what, and whilst burning the house down along with the car might be acceptable surely wrecking your acoustic guitar is not? You have to draw the line somewhere Mr T surely? 'It Ain't Over Yet' has more than a nod towards Johnny Thunders 'In Cold Blood', but hey all the best rock 'n' roll is borrowed or pinched from somewhere or other and borrowing from the best is always a good starting point.
'In Another Life' is the sound of a master craftsman at work. Melancholy, haunting and thoroughly captivating, it drew me in and had me hanging on every lyric. Oh so simple yet oh so effective, and put simply it's the pure essence of raw stripped back rock 'n' roll, a future classic? Why not? If you're already a fan of Tyla's previous work then this album is a no brainer and a great counter balance for his full electric records and it's something he's always done and always excelled at.
Cut from the same mould as 'Nocturnal Nomads' and 'In Life In Love In Dreams' it's one man and his music stripped bare. Quite simply peerless (Dom Daley www.uberrock.com)
1. All Alone Without Me & You
3. It Ain't Over Yet
4. In Another Life
5. Falling Into The Arms Of Some God
6. Nobody Superstar
7. The Meaning
8. Bible Black
9. One I Love
10. Broken Home
11. Ode To Jackie Leven