Aynsley Lister-Eyes Wide Open

album by:
Aynsley Lister
Version:
CD
Price:
£12.43

Reviewed by:
Rating:
5
On September 4, 2016
Last modified:September 4, 2016

Summary:

Stand out tracks are, well, thanks to their individuality, 1 through to 13, yet if push were to come to shove then the 4 minutes and 56 seconds of blues majesty that is Handful of Doubt just about edges it. However, with this said, that choice could well change the next time Eyes Wide Open gets an airing. It really is that kind of album. Brilliant in all that it generates and immaculate in all that it manages to achieve.

Like a cool breeze on a hot, humid day Aynsley Lister’s eighth studio album Eyes Wide Open refreshes those parts some other blues / rock albums fail to reach. Packed with a variance of style, and a serving of understated panache, here is an assortment of 13 individually superb creations which collectively underlines the fact that hard work and dedication truly pays off.

Take the opening strains of Il Grande Mafioso, for instance, which opens with a oddly calming Spanish acoustic section before easing into a tale of such simple richness its slipperiness is as mystifying as its cosmopolitan make up.

All of this coming, by the way, on the back of two opening tracks – All of Your Love and Everything I Have to Give – which whilst being somewhat more mainstream, are nonetheless gems of their kind. Catchy, tight and beautifully built, these however are all but mere tasters of what’s to follow.

The depth of the Hammond and Keys sound created by the light touch of Bennett Holland and the driving pulse provided by Steve Amadeo on bass and Boneto Dryden on drums, alongside Lister’s smooth vocals and some of the slickest guitar work you’re likely to hear anywhere, here is an album that could be placed in any chart anywhere and still win plaudits.

Yet aside from the superb musicianship, there are two further elements which truly stand out. The first is the quality of the lyrics which, whilst never over complicated, are nevertheless vivid in their depiction whilst also being thought provoking and astute. This is particularly clear on Kalina – a poignant tale of a girl with overpowering mental health issues – which could so easily have become something overly emotionally imbued, but instead stands rock solid and proud in its own body.

The second thing is the assuredness, the out-and-out confidence, which exudes from each and every chord the thirty nine year old’s playing. Here is a man clearly at ease with himself and his art. This, to such an extent, that we cannot help but be carried along with him on the crest of his own self-made wave.

These two facts – and that Lister is clearly enjoying himself to the max – take Eyes Wide Open to whole different level.

Stand out tracks are, well, thanks to their individuality, 1 through to 13, yet if push were to come to shove then the 4 minutes and 56 seconds of blues majesty that is Handful of Doubt just about edges it. However, with this said, that choice could well change the next time Eyes Wide Open gets an airing. It really is that kind of album. Brilliant in all that it generates and immaculate in all that it manages to achieve.

 

 

 

 

Track Listing:

  1. All Of Your Love
  2. Everything I Have To Give
  3. Il Grande Mafioso
  4. Won’t Be Taken Down
  5. Time
  6. Dishevelled
  7. Troubled Soul (Intro)
  8. Kalina
  9. Handful of Doubt
  10. Right As Rain
  11. Other Part of Me
  12. Stay
  13. Hold You to It

 

Tickets available via www.bandsintown.com

CHISLEHURST, BEAVERWOOD CLUB
Thursday 22nd September 2016

Ticket Price: £12 adv / £13 door
Venue Box Office: 0208 761 9078 / 0788 865 7952
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Beaverwood Road, Chislehurst, Kent, BR7 6HF
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SUTTON, BOOM BOOM CLUB
Friday 23rd September 2016

Ticket Price: £12 advance / £13 door
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The Borough Sports Ground, Gander Green Lane, Sutton, Surrey SM1 2EY
www.feenstra.co.uk

SKIRLAUGH, CORNUCOPIA FESTIVAL
Saturday 24th September 2016

Ticket Price: £45 day / £99 weekend
Venue Box Office: 01377 217406
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Burton Constable Hall, Skirlaugh, East Yorkshire, HU11 4LN
www.cornucopiafestival.co.uk

MILTON KEYNES, THE STABLES
Wednesday 28th September 2016

Ticket Price: £16.50
Venue Box Office: 01908 280800
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The Stables Theatre Ltd, Stockwell Lane, Wavendon, Milton Keynes, MK17 8LU
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CHESTER, TELFORDS WAREHOUSE
Thursday 29th September 2016

Ticket Price: £13
Venue Box Office: 01244 390090
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Tower Wharf, Chester, CH1 4EZ
www.telfordswarehousechester.com

BURNLEY, MECHANICS
Friday 30th September 2016

Ticket Price: £14 advance / £15 door
Venue Box Office: 01282 664400
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Manchester Road, Burnley BB11 1BH
http://burnleymechanics.co.uk

GUISBOROUGH, RHYTHM & BLUES CLUB
Saturday 1st October 2016

Ticket Price: £14
Venue Box Office: 07815913981
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Guisborough Town Football Club, Howlbeck Road, Guisborough, TS14 6LF

BLAKENEY, HARBOUR ROOM
Friday 4th November 2016

Ticket Price: £10
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139 -141 High Street, Blakeney, Norfolk NR25 7NU
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PUTNEY, HALF MOON
Thursday 1st December 2016

Ticket Price: £14 advance / £16 door
Venue Box Office: 020 8780 9383
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93 Lower Richmond Rd, Putney, London, SW15 1EU
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ST. HELENS, CITADEL
Friday 2nd December 2016

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Waterloo Street, St Helens, WA10 1PX
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DERBY, THE FLOWERPOT
Saturday 3rd December 2016

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25 King Street, Derby, DE1 3DZ
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NEWCASTLE, THE CLUNY
Sunday 4th December 2016

Ticket Price: £14 advance / £16 door
Venue Box Office: 0191 230 4474
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36 Lime Street, Ouseburn, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 2PQ
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KENDAL, BOOTLEGGERS
Thursday 8th December 2016

Ticket Price: £12 advance / £15 door
Venue Box Office: 01539 723824
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24 Finkle Street, Kendal, Cumbria, LA9 4AB
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DARLINGTON, RHYTHM ’N’ BLUES CLUB
Friday 9th December 2016

Ticket Price: £15
Venue Box Office: 01325-363135
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The Forum Music Centre, Borough Road, Darlington, Co. Durham, DL1 1SG
www.darlington-r-n-b-club.co.uk

NORWICH, THE WATERFRONT
Saturday 10th December 2016

Ticket Price: £14
Venue Box Office: 01603 508050
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139-141 King St, Norwich, NR1 1QH
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LEICESTER, THE MUSICIAN
Sunday 11th December 2016

Ticket Price: £12 advance / £14 door
Venue Box Office: 0116 251 0080 / 07970 529 760
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Clyde Street, Leicester, LE1 2DE
www.themusicianpub.co.uk

FARNHAM, MALTINGS
Monday 12th December 2016

Ticket Price: £15
Venue Box Office: 01252 793430
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Bridge Square, Farnham GU9 7QR
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SOUTHAMPTON, THE BROOK
Thursday 15th December 2016

Ticket Price: £14 advance / £16 door
Venue Box Office: 023 8055 5366
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466 Portswood Road, Portswood, Southampton, SO17 3SD
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SHEFFIELD, THE GREYSTONES
Friday 16th December 2016

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Venue Box Office: 0114 266 5599
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Greystones Road, Sheffield, S11 7BS
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MANCHESTER, ACADEMY 3
Saturday 17th December 2016

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Venue Box Office: 0161 832 1111
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University Of Manchester Students’ Union, Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PR
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EDINBURGH, THE CAVES
Sunday 18th December 2016

Ticket Price: £13
Venue Box Office: 0131 510 6969
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8-12 Niddry Street South, Edinburgh, EH1 1NS
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Aynsley Lister

Eyes Wide Open

Label: Straight Talkin’

ASIN: B01L9JIN68

7 October, 2016

Stand out tracks are, well, thanks to their individuality, 1 through to 13, yet if push were to come to shove then the 4 minutes and 56 seconds of blues majesty that is Handful of Doubt just about edges it. However, with this said, that choice could well change the next time Eyes Wide Open gets an airing. It really is that kind of album. Brilliant in all that it generates and immaculate in all that it manages to achieve.

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