Bud Rogers – Whiteout

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Review by Andy Boden

Bud Rogers is no stranger to the music business. No no no, Bud has been around for a while, collaborating and writing, producing and performing. But there comes a time when it’s time to strike out for oneself, to bring together all of the life experiences that make us what we are. For Bud Rogers, that time has arrived.

What we have here is a labour of love in the truest sense of the term. A glance at the credits reveals that Mr Rogers is responsible for the lead and backing vocals, lead and rhythm guitar, acoustic guitar, mandolin, ukulele, keyboards, drums and sundry percussion. But hold your horses, the list goes on….all of the songs bar one were written, recorded and produced by Bud, dang, he even did the digital editing of the artwork! But this is no bedroom bodge up, this a carefully crafted, beautifully constructed collection of songs that showcase the talent, the passion, and the sheer tenacity of one of the industries undiscovered talents.

I could spend the next few paragraphs explaining each track and making comparisons to other songs by other artists. But I won’t. What I will say is that the songs range from the melancholic to the rock’n’roll and cover all of the bases in between. Overlaying the solid production and stunning musical prowess is Buds impressive vocal range, switching from the breathy, atmospherics on ‘You’, to the up-tempo ‘Slave To Passion’.

What struck me was the fact that this is a debut album, it’s rare to find a debut that is as complete and as rounded as Whiteout. Hopefully, Bud has developed a taste for flying solo and is germinating ideas for a second album. I, for one, will be waiting in anticipation.

Track Listing:

01 – Caught In A Wheel
02 – Santa Monica Sunshine
03 – Let It Burn
04 – American Dream
05 – You
06 – Slave To Passion
07 – Innocent Days
08 – Token Of Gold
09 – Whiteout
10 – Lullaby

7.5/10