Album Review: Bob Perry – A World Like This

Bob Perry is a musician who has had a fantastic career in the music industry spanning across many decades. He’s currently working on his solo work, having released an album titled A World Like This at the end of last year. I was a little late in hearing it, but I enjoyed it so much I wanted to share it with the world!

By Jane Howkins

There are twelve songs on A World Like This, with Love Is Running Over Me starting things off nicely. It’s a rock and roll song in the classic style, with a retro sound that harks back to the glory days of the rock movement. The production quality sounds fantastic, as do the guitar lines, having a subtle beauty when mixed with the vocal harmonies.

On And On takes things down a little, with a more acoustic vibe present here. The piano sounds lovely when mixed with the bluesy guitar lines and bass. The slide guitar and organ were also a nice touch, adding a country feel to proceedings.

Garrett changes the tempo once again, as the song fits firmly within the rockabilly genre. A frenetic and upbeat rhythm runs through the piece, mixing well with the guitar lines and Bob’s lyrics to make something that would sound perfect in a spaghetti western film.

Ruby is another slow song, opening with a gorgeous fingerpicked guitar melody. It’s an instrumental piece, acting as a nice interlude between the rest of the songs. The track serves as a reminder of Bob’s guitar playing talents, having a relaxing vibe to it.

Man On The Brink takes us back to the 1970s on this classic rock number, featuring huge drum beats and groovy guitar licks that get right under your skin, making you want to tap your feet along in time. It’s a heavy song that also manages to be relatively catchy.

Wait has more of an out and out pop vibe, due to the bouncy and infectious rhythm, although it still manages to rock out. Bob is clearly very talented at writing for a number of different genres, showing a mellower sound here.

The Boy Has A Gun changes the dynamics once again on this folk number, reminding me a lot of the folk-pop scene that became so prominent in the 1950s and 1960s. Multiple guitar notes weave in and out of each other, meaning you’ll have to listen to this a few times to appreciate everything! The strings are a lovely addition, sounding beautiful throughout.

New Year’s Day (The Knife) opens with an Eastern sounding guitar melody, unlike anything else on this album. It’s another instrumental number, with eerie melodies combining together with some fantastic backing effects to create a cool ambience.

Truck Stop Sweetheart bring the country vibes back to the forefront again, due to the percussive rhythm and the style of the guitar lines. It’s actually a cover song of a track by Mike Viola, but Bob certainly does it justice!

Broken Sides opens with some melancholy sounding bluesy guitar riffs, giving the music a great atmosphere. The lyrics also have a sad feel to them, working well with the minor tone of the chords used. This was one of my favourite songs on the entire album.

Priscilla makes a positive turn from the last tune, being another instrumental track. Bob’s amazing guitar skills are displayed once again here, but the things that made the track truly stand out were the unique percussion style and the ambient backing sounds, making for an incredibly diverse piece of music.

Last Train rounds things out nicely with an upbeat rock and roll song that also incorporates brass instruments, adding a jazzy tone to the track. It sounds very unusual when combined with the other songs here, but it sounds excellent, with the jazz and blues elements working well alongside the soul, Motown and rock moments the music has. The piano solos also sound fantastic.

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