Owen Campbell’s ‘The Rolling Thunder of Love’ is a rocking return from the songwriter
16.10.2019

Owen Campbell’s ‘The Rolling Thunder of Love’ is a rocking return from the songwriter

Words by Rhys McKenzie

Campbell’s fourth LP picks things up a notch.

Popular Australia’s Got Talent contestant and acclaimed slide guitarist, Owen Campbell, has rolled out his fourth LP, The Rolling Thunder of Love.

Campbell extends his coarse, devilish voice and blues sensibilities to this LP, which doesn’t stray from where he started. But by the fourth album, he proves why we should still be listening. The album has more shuffle and groove to it than previous releases, however, with ‘The Cool Moonlight’ and ‘Medicine Man’ transporting you to a dance hall, twistin’ and all.

Campbell even ventures into heart-warming territory with ‘Love Your Woman’ harkening the Otis Redding catalog and ‘Gentle Breeze’ being the romantic ’70s acoustic callback.

‘Presidents’ Man’ remains a highlight; a slow, downright dirty blues groove accompanied by lyrics that tell a villainous tale of somebody working for the man and committing heinous acts. It’s despicable, but it makes the song so much more likeable.

Campbell also proceeds to ‘revisit’ his single ‘Wreckin Ball’ and though it does sound different from the original, with the noticeable addition of an organ, its structure remains the same.

Old fashioned to a tee, Campbell sticks to what he knows and the results shine.

7.5