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It's easy to come away of two minds about Treat Me Right. On the one hand, there's no question that guitarist Eric Sardinas has talent; one listen to "Give Me Love" will assure one of that. On the other hand, songs like "Cherry Bomb" and the title track give the impression that he's trying too hard. That's a shame, because the best material on this album is the stuff with that relaxed-yet-energetic feel that is so essential to good roadhouse blues. When Sardinas lays back and lets the music speak for itself, as on "Get Along Rider" and "Goin' to the River," the result is a good, solid, blues-rock effort. Unfortunately this tends to be overwhelmed by a cover of "I Can't Be Satisfied" that is neither loyal to the original nor a particularly exceptional reinterpretation of it, and guest appearances by Hubert Sumlin and Johnny Winter, while of interest, aren't enough to overcome the flaws here. It'll be interesting to see how Sardinas develops as a guitarist, but overall Treat Me Right leaves a very mixed impression indeed. --Genevieve Williams
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This album is filled with ATTITUDE--blazing electric dobro riffs and scorching vocals! Eric doesn't have a classic blues vocal style, but he can turn on a raspiness that complements the fire of his guitar.
But don't stop with his CDs. After you buy every one of his CD's you MUST see him in concert. I saw him in 2004, and I could not believe his technique on the guitar in that concert. It was twice as incredible as anything on his CD's, and that is saying a helluva lot. I cannot put into words how he played some of those solos--it's useless. You just have to see it to believe it.
Eric's timing in the music scene today is TERRIBLE--no fault of his own, obviously, he was just born too late. Such a talent probably would have been much more appreciated in the mid 60's or mid to late 80's, when blues/rock was enjoying revivals in popularity.
At least he's still touring and making a living utilizing his enormous talent, though--hopefully he will come to a venue near you soon!
Check this guy out - he pushes the blues' horizons far into the future and at the same time reminds the listener on almost forgotten blues-roots. As blues is always in danger of getting boring when played without passion "Treat me right" is an example of how to keep such an album colourful. Within the distorted electric dobro sounds there is always some acoustic stuff now and then. And you have some acoustic percussion effects in some songs, like foot tapping, knocking on the corpus or even a slapping acoustic bass, sun records style.
So, is it really all great? Is he God? No, not yet. He definitely has to work on his slow-blues. The long breath is missing, if you know what I mean. It is all too nervous somehow. Not really mature, not really adult. Yes, the slow stuff is the point where Sardinas does not compare to Vaughan at all. And the voice? Well, this is a question of taste. A bit like Johnny Winter (who I prefer playing instrumentals). But lets put it this way: We do not buy a CD by a fantastic guitar virtuoso to expect a fantastic voice, right?
My favourites: cherry bomb, goin' to the river, I can't be satisfied, sweetwater blues
not so good: tired of tryin' (with Johnny Winter), murdering blues, low down love, get along rider
I listen to the title track and I am hooked, but I forget the name of the artist! So I'm rambling around in a daze for weeks and nobody knows who this guy is. I finally hear it again, and bam, it's that sound, that technique!
Sardinas is one of those rare artists who makes you sit up and wonder 'how'd he do that with a guitar?'. After listening to him, everybody elses' improvisations seem commercial and cliche. He puts serious tricks onto old hillbilly rhythms that really flipped my top. It's like stuff you've never heard.
I'm not much of a highbrow blues guy. I bought the John Lee Hooker with Santana on it several years ago like everybody else. And I bought an old Muddy Waters just to bone up. I really love Blues Rock that you get every once in a while in your dive bars, but all that commodity House of Blues stuff left me cold. So basically all I had was SRV, but nothing where the rhythm throws you a curve with an extra bar like that old Hooker stuff.
Now yesterday, I put Sardinas in my changer and rolled down the windows and cranked it on Sunset Boulevard. I don't think those people in their black t-shirts and sunglasses knew what hit 'em, but they couldn't resist it.
Most every track on this album ROCKS! It's definitely intelligent musicality that you can bang your head to, and it's hella funny....What else can be said?
I can't wait to catch this guy live.
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like he does it live.you really need to see this guy live hes incredible
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