Irving “Bo” Galigher does the singing and Danny “Angel” George provides
the guitar wizardry on this genuinely satisfying debut, jam-packed with
While Galigher’s vocals often echo B.B. King and Little Milton, his
expressive stylistic range often puts him more into the soul bag, where
he emotes with both humor and passion. Guitarist Angel is also clearly
influenced by King, but his sustained single-note bends are drenched
with the attitude of Southern-fried rock and lend some pleasing bite
and sass to the overall sound.
Whether they play funky or straight, the rhythm section finds the pocket
on every song. The horns are tight and brassy, and the female chorus
singers are imaginatively used. Such superior and tasteful support allows
the Alabama-based musical partners to shine effortlessly throughout
their abundance of well-crafted original songs, all penned by Galigher
Whether essaying fiscal hard luck (“My Money’s Done Spent”), existential
anxieties (“Everywhere There’s a Trace,” “I Don’t Need This Rain”),
preludes to love (“I’ll Be Your Lighthouse,” “Mind Reader”) and its
mind-wrenching consequences (“Love’s Hell,” “New Lover,” “Then You’ll
Know The Way I Feel”), the duo’s modern lyric style brings fresh observations
to some time-honored themes.
These guys have the goods, and in a better world you’d be hearing several
tunes from Mind Reader on mainstream radio. Until that happens, pick
this one up. It not only sounds good, it feels right.
— Ken Burke