Jimmy Mac – Just A Kid Havin’ Fun
The album boasts several standout tracks. “Trojan Horse��? starts off with a strong mid-tempo bass groove by Fischer (great tone; he uses an octave divider to give it extra oomph.) Mac enters with some softly strummed chords at first, in juxtaposition to the muscular bassline. Then his lead guitar sings out a poignant motif that is reminiscent of Jeff Beck’s work, including some “outside��? soloing. The feel is maintained solidly throughout by Fischer and Griffin, who provide a great foundation for Mac to have his play.
Mr. Griffin has the intro honors on “More Money Than G-d,��? and he doesn’t hesitate to say what’s on his mind. His ten-second drum intro and subsequent high-hat shuffle groove is one of the highlights of the track. Next album, give this guy more space to stretch, will ya’? There is a strong tongue-in-cheek melody line; even without lyrics or vocals, you can hear the guitar sing: “makes more money that G-d.��? Good songwriting, that.
Overall, this is very good for a self-produced introduction. Mac and mates are talented, and from the sound of things, they obviously enjoyed making the album. Most any one listening to it will discern it’s a well-made album with good intent.