Album Review :: Dave Arcari – Got Me Electric

Traditional delta styled blues Dave Arcari delivers his latest album that grabs you by the throat and never lets go.


Dave Arcari

Dave Arcari - Got Me Electric © Dave Arcari/Buzz Records

With a powerful, gargling voice and fingers that spit fire across his guitar, Dave Arcari brings a little of the deep south from the windswept Loch Lomond in Scotland. His delta driven, pre-war blues guitar and lyrics that conjure up the far off images of a world much simpler to live in, Acari’s second album Got Me Electric offers new and old listeners a great contribution to the blues scene merging here in the UK.

The Scottish singer/songwriter Dave Arcari is now no stranger to the UK blue scene. Having been hugely successful in a number of indie, blues and country competitions and tours up and down the country, Arcari was recently commissioned by the BBC to compose music for the Robert Burns poem “Parcel of Rogues”. This honour, as part of the Homecoming celebrations and 250th Anniversary of the poet’s birth, has catapulted the bluesy, bearded, badass onto a major stage and subsequent stage, his most recent achievement coming in the form of an appearance at this year’s Glastonbury Festival on the prestigious Jazz & Blues stage.

His latest album Got Me Electric is a fantastic mixture of hard hitting blues and country riffs that shake up the potential stagnant genre. With a positive and progressive attitude towards the more traditional sounding, pre-war sound, Got Me Electric is an album that takes the listener on a journey through the misty, hazy by water way of life and taking the punches, kicks and beatings that life invariably throws at us.

Kicking off the album is the eponymous track “Got me Electric” a great little blues number that demonstrates Arcari’s superb guitar skills, his gargling voice and the meaty sound of the steel guitar he wields with a venom. “Nobody’s Fool” follows this with a melodic, more intricate form of the blues style. Arcari once again demonstrates his deep seated, grimy vocals that perfectly compliment the thumping, constant guitar that makes the listener bob their head with embarrassingly accurate timing. Other highlights of the album include “Homesick and Blue”, “Walkin’ Blues” and “One More Heartbreak” each a delight to listen to and enjoy either with direct contact or even as a background theme track to the drudgery of everyday life.

The jewel of the album is, however, the aforementioned “Parcel of Rogues”, the Burns lyrics given the twenty-first century treatment and pushed through the steel guitar with frivolous vivacity. Arcari’s manipulation of the tempo and historical lyrics are expert in both delivery and production, the audience captivated by the romantic image of Scotland painted by its most famous poet. Although not necessarily still relevant where lyrics apply and some would argue a little too romanticized considering the history that preceded its inception, Dave Arcari never the less brings his own, individual interpretation of blues and country to this piece of classical poetry. It is therefore a fitting tribute to both Burns and Arcari himself for taking material of this nature and bringing them to a wide, enjoyable audience. Got Me Electric is now widely available for both download and purchase from Buzz Records.

Jonathan Whitelaw


Check out Dave Arcari’s website and his record label Buzz Records for album availability and tour dates: http://www.davearcari.com, http://www.myspace.com/davearcari and http://www.thebuzzgroup.co.uk.

2 Responses to “Album Review :: Dave Arcari – Got Me Electric”

  1. Jodie says:

    Really love this review! You’ve got the description of his guitar ability summed-up perfectly! 🙂

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