It seems that Philipp Fankhauser’s Try My Love has been around for a couple of years in the rest of Europe, but has only just started to reach the UK shores. Not only that, but this is also the first time that I have really heard to any real extent from this Swiss-born blues artist.
With the big band arrangement of the first track ‘It’s gonna rain’, I’m immediately reminded of the great bluesman Buddy Guy, which is no bad thing and hooks me right in. Whilst the big band sound is not consistent throughout this 15-track CD made up of 10 studio and 5 live tracks, Philipp’s soulful and emotive delivery is with every song screaming to be listened to intently and with full concentration.
The CD itself is not what you could call ‘traditional blues’. It is blues, but more of a Pop style that encompasses blues and country, and has an almost Motown/Wattstax feel in places, especially when the horns and sax are prominent.
From both the musical arrangement and lyrical point of view this really is a beautiful CD, there is no other way of putting it, and caresses the brain in all manner of ways possible. However, I really cannot see it becoming a CD that I/you will feel the need to play over and over again, but one of those CDs that you will need to be in the right frame of mind to appreciate it to its full extent.
This is definitely a blues chill-out CD that will find its way to the CD player when the wife and kids have gone to bed just so that it can be listened to without any distractions.
7 out of 10