This album celebrates the career of an Australian blues man who found himself, as many do, playing his acoustic.
Wine Island is split into two discs, one for brooding blues music that is sinister in its desire to seduce. The other is for Gallagher’s acoustic music which is less moving.
There is some nice guitar work here and some Australian imagery in the lyrics which is to be encouraged. Yet, while having some nice sounds and doing most of the right things, this album doesn’t have what it takes to really move the soul. Mostly the album feels a little flat and drawn out. (LC)