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Devils & Gods

Devils & Gods

by Jannike Bergh / 25.11.2009

It has been seven years since Albert Frost last released an album under his own name. 2002’s release of the limited edition Catfish Blues cemented him as one of South Africa’s favourite guitarists for the quirky manner in which he engages with the blues. In that same year he collaborated with keyboardist Simon Orange in on the Frosted Orange album My Love is a Leopard. Apart from sharing the stage and recording with prominent figures such as Valiant Swart, Arno Carstens and Riku Lätti throughout the years, Albert Frost’s debut album has been a long time coming.

It has to be said that, after all this time, it is rather disappointing to only find six tracks on the album. Any fan would want to hear more, because this handful of songs is a solid indication of where Albert Frost has been and where his music is heading.

Blues guitar underlies much of the album, but that catfish keeps on slipping out from underneath his fingers. The most straightforward blues number is the cover of Willie Dixon’s, “Spoonful”. But Frost’s version stands firmly among the many interpretations of the song, made more familiar by musicians such as Eric Clapton and Canned Heat. The powerful slide guitar and heavy riff, alongside one of the most desired rhythm sections in the country – Lanie van der Walt (bass) and Jorik Pienaar (drums) – has made this number imperative at Albert Frost Trio gigs.

Throughout the album the songs are solid, combined with pop sensibility and slick guitar playing. A song like, “Only Us” resonates very strongly within this vein of musical ability and radio-friendly songwriting. Much of the album echoes the sounds of Frosted Orange. Interestingly, “Son of the Sun” and “Television” were co-written by Frost and Simon Orange.

The most defining track on the album is the title track, “Devils & Gods” – innovative and reminiscent of Irish guitar legend Rory Gallagher’s often playful take on the blues, with Frost mimicking the catchy guitar lick with his voice. The song also flows eloquently between past and present styles – it is blues translated within the dialect of contemporary South African rock.

It’s an embodiment of Albert Frost’s musical direction – if only he gave fans more from where this was coming from.

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  1. death to interior decorators says:

    south africa’s most overrated guitarist

    death to mediocrity!

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  2. Carol Reed says:


    No, not most overrated, that honour goes to……. Dan Patlansky!

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  3. Andy says:

    DTID – i really disagree with your taste in music…

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  4. X marks the Smaak says:

    Anyone who enjoys Death Cab is sure to be a little suspect…

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  5. billy gibbons's beard says:

    Greetins from Teksiz, yew deep-south varmints. Ah be very pleazed tah heere there’s bars in yer neck o’ the woods where firm-fleshed young’uns be shekkin’ there stuff to ‘La Grange’ an ‘Tush’ looong after thah rest o’ thah planet has mewved awn. And as they say in them kerayzay-assed infermershils, that’s not awl – there be spring chikkins in yer land that live to play geetar exactly like ah did in mah prime. Now that’s what ah call a good an’ peropper ’80s revival. It do mah heart doggawn proud. Keep it up y’awl!

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  6. poes says:

    Albert Frost is such a douche bag, his music really sucks and is so slick and nauseating and lacking in originality. Oh and he has a sad case of ego too. Yawn.

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  7. Anonymous says:

    hey poes, you’re right about one thing: you’re a poes.
    try the kak on MK for ego’s, asshole.

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  8. Rob says:

    To all of you guys ripping on Albert, fuck you. What the fuck do you know of what hes like? Criticise the music all you want, but until you’ve actually gotten to know him, grow the fuck up. I am a cousin of his, and I can say hes actually one of the most down-to earth guys in SA music. And calling him pretentious because he plays blues, plays it well, and doesn’t try to play modern styles is prejudiced. The Blues Broers were a family band, and Albert grew up with blues, so this is just who he is. If you don’t like it, don’t listen.
    And as for lacking in originality – at least he has the balls to stick to what he wants to do and not try to play whatever you happen to think is kif.

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  9. Jam sessions says:

    Ek stem saam ek het al na hom geluister waar hy saam Myburgh net gejam het en het sy tent vi hom op geslaan en matras opgepomp en het toe n koue bier saam hom geniet hy is n flippen nice down to earth guy.

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