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DB Rielly is a joker. His biography begins: "American roots musician DB Rielly was only six months old when he, after hearing David Hasselhoff sing, immediately soiled his diaper and vowed to bring good music back to a starving generation." The silly New Yorker does not stop there, but actually continues and has earned himself spots in bands including BB King and Chubby Checker.

Rielly draws from plenty of genres that can be heard on his debut Love Potions and Snake Oil, on which he plays accordion, banjo, and guitar, and produced as well. The zydeco party song, "One of These Days" is followed by melodious ballads such as "Don't Give Up On Me" and "One Day at a Time." It is these ballads, and their sincerity, culminating with "Save All Your Kisses," where Rielly leaves a real impression. The more cliched the lyrics of Daniel Alvaro are, the prettier is Rielly's vulnerable, sincere and gentle interpretation.

Rielly's voice is a bit on the soft side for a dark blues like "Changed My Mind." "We're All Going Straight To Hell" is a funny party song. Of course you can find songs which are dirtier like with cowboy-punker Hank III, but it's catchy, and proves that the all-round talent of DB Rielly is great enough to step beyond his soft side.


Dirk Verhoeven, KindaMuzik

Translated from Dutch. Click here to go to the original article.