Steve Logan, Wanted Alive. Album Review.
Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 8.5/10
To be Wanted Alive, is to be found by someone trying to give their soul to you when you need help, when your life has taken a downturn because the music has left you. It's to be found and needed with all of someone else's heart. To be Wanted Alive is to feel human and important to someone, so as to put a smile back on your face.
For Steve Logan, Wanted Alive is a statement of desire, a musical landscape in which Capability Brown would have sunk his head in his hands and then in a fit of pique thrown in the towel. The garden of serenity is only fit to sit in if the music on offer is enough to feed the soul and give an open view from an open heart. Steve Logan supplies both the scenery and the hardy descriptions in which this setting of majesty resides.
Wanted Alive is a musical trip in which the expectation of solace is certainly met head on, from the initial caress of sound at the start of the journey. Yet it also deals with the suffering of the anti-lush, the bleak, the deserted, the wasteland of existence in which we have to constantly dream that one day the grass will return. Through this mix of barren chaos and fertile tranquillity the paved road which unites the pair runs like a sight-seer's dream.
Steve Logan, along with Rhys Wilson, Andy Cross and Phil Bryant have explored that splendid dichotomy with a sense of beauty in their work. They don’t just see the sand and rust of the desert. They don’t just see the solitary rose poking out of the ground pleading for a backdrop, the picture is a complex whole, one of completion; for you cannot truly be alive unless you appreciate the rain as well as the sun.
In tracks such as Jukebox, the superb Billy The Kid, Warrior’s Heart, Outlaws and Natural High, Steve Logan finds a way to water the pasture and care for the bleached rocks of the desert. It is a hell of a job to consider even attempting, but for the musician, being Wanted Alive is part of life and life is only possible if you care and observe both sides of the musical hemisphere. It is with great passion that Steve Logan succeeds fully in this album.
Ian D. Hall