November 2009: New Gandy Dancer magazine

Reviews for The Odd One Out

New Gandy Dancer, November 2009
4/4 Stars

NGD 5629 MARTIN CILIA The Odd One Out Bombora Records 21 Australia (www.martincilia.com)

Revitalised Atlantics guitar king Martin on another solo set showing his wide range of interest in music and his versatile guitar work, All cuts are original songs – bravo – except for The Beatles “Cry For a Shadow“, last done as an instrumental by The Ventures on the “New Depths” album and martin’s is no less a good version. Title track is a (timely) reminders of the Les Paul sound complete with brush drumming, a jolly track indeed.  “Reel to Real” is a lively twanger with dare we say it a bit of a Shadows twang in there. “Exile On Chapel Street” is a big Shadows sound we think and could have been written  for Hank & Co. “Meditation” is lilting Latin number while  The Same Song Remains” is Claptonesque and highly melodic. “Chunky” is an uptempo rocker which bops along nicely. “Ancestor” is a fine thematic Tommy Emmanuel / Crocodile Dundee thumper. “West of Bondi” is almost western movie in sound and a great cut and “1993” a slower more deliberate sound is excellent too.  The album is rounded off by a delightful finger picked acoustic “Road to Ballarat“.

Lovely and worthwhile album. The Backing Tracks CD for you to play along with is also available (Bombora 22) ****

Dave Peckett
New Gandy Dancer, Issue 91
January 2010

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