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George Borowski will probably always be doomed to have every review mention the fact that he is THE Guitar George mentioned in a certain song by Dire Straits. Well, this is no different, George used to be in Manchester band The Out, who opened for Straits at a place called Rafters. Apparently Mark Knopfler loved George’s guitar sound and asked why he didn’t play solos, to which George replied that he couldn’t, he only knew chords. The rest is history. Reading the informative booklet, it is interesting discovering the career of a man who played in Sad Café, had two stints with Meatloaf and has a lot to do with Teenage Black, Norman Blake and Jimi Goodwin, then one starts to wonder why more people haven’t heard of this guy before.

And all of this before putting the CD into the player. Of course, having read so many good things about him, I was wondering what sort of music he would be delivering. The answer is a song-based album that concentrates on his voice and guitar, and, although there is accompaniment, one could imagine George just getting up and playing (something that he is apparently prone to do). Some of this is almost Tom Petty-ish, if Tom had been a true Brit. Some of the songs have a simple structure, such as ‘She Finds Me’, but there is a compelling melody and the feeling that here is one of our understated stars.

When Jimi Goodwin states that George is one of the reasons that he wanted to be involved with rock n’ roll, I can see why. This may not be hip or up to date, it may not be crashing, crunching and rebellious, but is an interesting album played with passion and care.