Album Review | Self Release | Review by Allan Wilkinson
There’s little doubt that Scott Cook goes out of his way to provide us with plenty to go on with each new release. The dozen songs on his seventh album to date, Tangle of Souls, is no exception, as it is presented with a 240 page cloth-bound hardcover book, which is literally packed with detail. There’s plenty in here, from Adam to Aristotle, the Buddah to Bush, Woody to Whitman and an obligatory mention of Trump, not to mention song details and exactly how to play them should you choose to.
Recorded in both Canada and Australia with the band The She’ll Be Rights, Tangle of Souls is a road map for the well-travelled, exemplified in the sprightly opener “Put Your Good Foot in the Road”. If “Leave a Light On” demonstrates Cook’s sensitive side, his political side is touched upon with “Say Can You See”, which recalls the protest songs of Woody Guthrie, firmly stating his position in the world, wherever in the world that might be, he does seem to move around quite a lot. “Passing Through” brings Dick Blakeslee’s song up to date, recalling what Ry Cooder did so effectively with the alternative Great American Songbook in the 1970s. There’s lots to reflect on here, lavishly packaged for your listening and reading pleasure.