DON AIREY – One of a kind
Airey’s keyboard wizardry is as dazzling as ever and the album oozes class from start to finish. You can just tell that these songs were crafted by veterans and pros who have all been around the block a few times in that there is an authority and a presence to the them that speak of the kind of experience that comes with age. It is not merely about playing the notes; it is about infusing them with the kind of emotional weight and intensity that seasoned guys who have been active on the touring circuit for decades know better than most. In that sense, there is a groovy and rather playful vibe to the proceedings here and in no way does it sound rigid, but there is absolutely nothing sloppy or half-assed about it either. Everything is brilliantly executed and the musicianship is to die for. Laurence Cottle (Black Sabbath) and the talented Jon Finnigan are a bombastic rhythm section, Simon McBride’s guitar work is formidable, and Carl Sentance (Nazareth, Persian Risk) is an outstanding singer. No two ways about it.
While all the songs are good if not superb, only a few of them reach stratospheric heights, but still, "One of a Kind" is indisputably an awesome (hard) rock output and the great thing about it is that it covers much more musical ground than most other rock records out there do. You want raunchy rock songs with hard-driving riffs and fist-pumping choruses to them? You got it. You want somewhat mellow tunes with a melancholic vibe to them? You came to the right place. The bottom line is that every fan of Rainbow, Deep Purple, Cozy Powell’s Hammer, and very early Whitesnake ought to invest in this grand and impressive effort ASAP. As if that was not enough, the disc also contains some stately live renditions of "Pictures of Home" (Deep Purple), "Since You’ve Been Gone" (Rainbow), "I Surrender" (Rainbow), and "Still Got the Blues" (Gary Moore) as bonus tracks. Do not forget to keep an eye out for any Don Airey tours or gigs near you – they are always a lot of fun to attend and his musical cohorts rule. Again, do not miss out on "One of a Kind."