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Once likened to a rat whose teeth would grow up through its own skull if it didn’t gnaw all day, Delaney’s restless creativity manages here to capitalise on what he calls the “engine room” behind a lot of the bands and albums he has worked on recently. Ben Woolley and Joe McCallum, who make up the drums and bass combo that has formed the core of such albums as Tami Neilson’s Dynamite and The Sad But True Series, feature strong in the limelight here with Davidson as a Trio. Fleshing out the songs and working them as a only a Trio can, this brings a new life and sinuous muscle to Davidson’s presentation of his latest batch:

“It was always us looking at each other in the different projects, stages, albums, and rehearsal rooms, I said to the guys lets make a Band. So we worked together until things blew apart again. “Lucky Guy” was recorded in that period.

“ Lucky Guy is about a wind change. I wanted to keep the songs short and to the point, more direct and remove some of the decorations I like to work with. The stories are more in the lyrics than in the music. It’s almost the album I should have released first.”

It might be the sometimes quicker tempos, it might be the more succinct songs, it might be that the album was recorded as a trio whatever it is, Lucky Guy comes across more fiery than sad, more revelling than wallowing.. Although Lucky guy is obviously mined from the same musical vein as Davidson’s previous work, it is somewhat less strange, and decidedly less dark. Modern yet somehow classic, familiar yet properly outsider, soulful, yet with moments when it seems as if that soul may be a little broken. Lucky Guy‘s twelve songs weep and smile simultaneously, a fitting contradiction, as is the album title: the opposite of Davidson’s 2011 release ‘Bad Luck Man’.