Young Gun Silver Fox review…July 24, 2018….

YOUNG GUN SILVER FOX

AM WAVES

CLION CD 26

MIDNIGHT IN RICHMOND–LENNY–TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT–UNDERDOG–MOJO RISING–JUST A MAN–LOVE GUARANTEE–CAROLINE–KINGSTON BOOGIE–LOLITA

British duo Young Gun (Andy Platts) and Silver Fox (Shawn Lee) pay a sweet tribute to the sounds of the Seventies’  pop music with the ten originals that comprise the much-anticipated follow-up to their 2016 debut, “West End Coast,” this one entitled “AM Waves,”  The songs are heavy on hooks and melody, and brim with great harmony from the fellows.

The set begins with its linchpin, and one of our favorites, “Midnight In Richmond,” with Young Gun on the vocal.  It finds our hero unable to get past the memory of a lost friend, where “time stands still,” and “I’m forever lost at midnight in Richmond.”  Poignant and thought-provoking, it is an excellent leadoff portent of things to come.  “Lenny” was actually borne of a dream from Young Gun, about Lenny Kravitz owning a bar and offering our lovelorn lad some serious “poison for my pain.”  This one has a cool Hall and Oates vibe going thru it, too.  “Underdog” is a funky, horn-and-keys driven ode to those that defy all odds, and, likely, there’s a bit of all of us somewhere in this song.  “Love Guarantee” strikes another danceable groove, and finds Young Gun vowing to a lover that his love will stand forever.  That groove continues toward the end of the set with our other favorite.  Lenny’s Bar is down on Kingston Street, where young lovers “rock beneath crystal waves” and perennially celebrate the days of their youth doin’ the “Kingston Boogie.”

For those of us who came of age during the Seventies, the music of Andy Platts and Shawn Lee evoke a slew of fond memories.  They capture the breezy vibe and harmony-and-hook-laden tunes that make Young Gun and Silver Fox and “AM Waves” a beautiful listen!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

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