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Dave Arcari

Come With Me... (Buzz)

By • May 30th, 2007 • Category: Album review

Have you ever seen the film, ‘Unleashed’ with Bob Hoskins and Jet Li?
It is terrible don’t ever try to. It’s about a man (Li) being treated like a dog and raised as a fighting machine, locked up in a cage with an electronic collar leashed around his neck. When his master (Hoskins) activates the collar he turns into a non stop human weapon savagely beating and killing everyone in his way. It’s set in Glasgow too.
This kind of makes me think of Dave Arcari. He sounds like someone has just activated his collar and he’s going to beat the shit out of his resonator guitar and growl and spit like a fierce fighting machine. ‘Red Letter Blues’ kicks this off with some devilish ‘slidey’ guitar riffage and a whole lotta balls, “I’m sorry baby it has to be this way”, spouts Arcari, and you wouldn’t argue with him. The album continues in the spirit of trashy country, battered blues and psychobilly rock’n’roll. ‘Troubled Mind’ is a slower paced number with an incredible vocal delivery from Arcari. “Dreamt I Was 100” is, dare I say, a cute wee country song with some absurd lyrics, “Dreamt I was 100 but I was only 95”, he goes onto see “dead people” and “that’s a bad sign”, no shit Dave! But really the song is a complete winner it captures the essence of Dave Arcari, raw, exciting, and invigorating. Just when I think I’ve got Arcari’s sound nailed, I hear the beautiful ‘Stagolee’, originally written by Mississippi John Hurt. This is a whole different kettle of fish. Laid back with warm vocals and finger picked on what seems to be a standard acoustic guitar, gone the trademark resonator sound. Arcari delivers a sensational performance of this song. I literally had to skip the CD back several times, amazing. As uncharacteristic as it is I’d love to hear Dave venture into this territory more often. The album continues with several Blind Willie Johnson covers both performed with integrity and credibility, ‘Nobody’s Fault But Mine’ and ‘Going To See the King’. Dave Arcari knows his audience; he performs with a big heart and a good sense of humour. Over the 14 tracks on Come With Me he’s shown he can holler and growl with the best of them, but also the potential to exceed expectation with the inclusion of ‘Stagolee’, just don’t activate his collar!

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