A new Diesel Park West album why? What possible benefit is such an item meant to bestow on anyone be they band members or the handful of devoted fans you would think are already content with a back catalogue seven albums strong .Even the era of the mildly curious buyer has surely now evaporated into a sectarian musical lifeboat presided over by the seemingly immovable forces of corporate media and the vague shifting sands of what used to called fashion. Well with album eight “Do Come In Exuse The Mess”, a title so loaded with metaphor even the most committed DPW dismissives might want to ponder for a minute, the answer to why this band still exists might be here. ……Each decade in rock n roll has seemed at the time as if it may be the defining one, a view usually undone about half way through the next. Could anybody really have imagined prog followed by punk in say1966. Hard to be sure of course but most likely not. Even Revolver at the time was largely received as another fab four album albeit one with suddenly acid drenched guitars but still containing all the harmonic and melodic references attributed to the most famous people on earth…… Diesel Park West first really emerged at the end of the eighties and even then were quickly zapped and rolled over by the Mancunian Tsunami probably being expected to fade away soon after only maybe showing up on a “ where are they now “ tv show or something equally depressingly pointless years later. Thing is, it just hasn’t happened that way. The Diesels have always been useless at fitting into a predictable paper chase and have more often than not been pioneers and direction pointers for those who would follow. Back in 88-89 their soaring yet earth-bound sound was considered to be at odds with the order of the day but now rings out with a contemporary confidence and a deep grasp of the now. The opener here “Charlotte Its All Over “ is as relevant a slice of Haight Ashbury resurrection any soul is likely to require whilst the haunting “ Not Broken” is basically a rebel song performed without the slightest hint of phoney Celtic victimhood but rather a clear precise electric clarity with English reserve. Last Show In Town and Arthurs Song ( about Arthur Lee) both take you exactly where you want to go without even knowing you want to go there. There are ten songs on this album which all carry with them evidence and witness to the durability and importance of a band like this which has continued without any finger of fortune being pointed at it yet creatively could be on the brink of true greatness. Check it out if you feel some kind of artistic duty is beckoning or goading you to review it then do so. People need to know, they really do.
|1||Charlotte It’s All Over||4:21|
|2||Something Sad In The City||4:13|
|5||I’m Not Broken||4:55|
|6||Last Show In Town||4:37|
|7||I Can’t Remember It||3:33|
|9||Real Good Life’||3:52|
|10||You Brought Out The Good In Me||5:21|