Charlie Lankester and the Mojo Killers
Song in a Minor Key

Released: 3rd September 2012
Label: Midmoor Music

It must be a gruelling prospect to be delivered the news you have incurable cancer of the liver just as you put the final touches on your debut album, but apparently this isn't something thats going to slow Charlie down.

After 20 years of playing keyboard for other people it was his life long ambition to write and record his own album, and we can be assured that his tumour has reduced by 50% which is great news as this means people will get the opportunity to see this slice of rootsy blues rock in the live arena as well.

Kicking of with the fantastic 'Greed' with its wailing Mariachi trumpets, which leads into the Tom Waits-esque stylings of 'Drinking My Blues Away'. There's a slight imperfection to Charlie's vocal that gives the songs a real earthy warmth, and backed by the Mojo Killers who could truly be one of the best collections of musicians around, all the songs are perfectly arranged from the jazzy trumpets to the wailing guitar solos. The songs are dark but tender and with an underlying dry wit, which bring to mind greats like Warren Zevon.

I can't help but wish all the best for Charlie. If this is the only album he makes then he's done a damn fine job; I just hope he sticks around for a few more!




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