Deep, dark and melancholic, Jeff Lang's serious vocal harmonies set the tone for his latest blues and roots recording, You've got to dig deep to bury daddy. Throughout this interesting collection of tracks, Lang proves not only that he can belt out fast and brutal roots, but that he can also build up and lay down tempestuous guitar work with the best of them.


Lang's many efforts and collaborations throughout the past decade on the Australian blues and roots music scene have definitely not gone unrewarded. Yet with his new recording it could be said that his passion and dedication to refining his music has fully come to fruition in this beautifully constructed record. The albums title ‘You've got to dig deep to bury daddy', is believed to have origins as a gypsy proverb. The tracks certainly carry the same tragic air and grace which can be observed in many gypsy ramblings and wanderings recorded throughout time.


You've got to dig deep... is an atmospherical confession of one man on the run from his past, his love, and most importantly himself. This album sees Lang take his audience on a musical journey through the discovery of a partner's adultery to mysterious murderers and right down to the sexual intonation as expressed in the second track on the album, ‘Here She Comes Again'. Lang successfully fuses his suave vocal styling with honest lyrical content, and the subtlety of his messages work their way well into the listener's consciousness. This combined with the somewhat mystical quality of sound that slide guitar produces only enhances the bittersweet connotations surrounding the dark tales that play out on this unique record.


‘Here She Comes Again' gives way to an evident love hate infatuation that is inherent in the sexually emotive lines which include; "she's a lightning rod, the air sucks out of the room, when she walks in, here she comes again" and "as the lights flashed in her eyes, her dark curls flow wild, she's a force that can't be denied, don't fight it, you'll never win, here she comes again."


As is the essential element to any roots album, a good ol' foot tapping track of course! Lang's ‘Un-natural Act's fast paced roots lends its foot tapping intensity to the awesome and inspirational lyrics, "we sped by packed in like rats and I felt on the verge of an un-natural act, have I any more left to give? It's a sin to not want to live". This type of powerful roots track is contrasted with the bluesy contemplative ‘Running ‘till they cut me down', which creates the perfect blues and roots equilibrium.


Though Lang induces his audience with lyrics that seem to bode beauty and tenderness, yet underneath appears to be the utterings of a man struggling to free himself from his own reality. Lang has touched upon moments of true vulnerability and loss, however ‘You've got to dig deep to bury daddy' is still is able to leave its listeners with a sense of warmth and comfort. With its sincere ‘murder ballads', rootsy blues, and unmistakable vocal tenderness, ‘You've got to dig deep to bury' stands out as one of the most poignant and memorable roots albums amongst the contemporary Australian blues and roots music culture, and its painstakingly truthful tracks resonate well after the albums completion.

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