David Rector ‘Best of My Life’ (Private Press) 2/5

Okay, where to start… I have had this album for some considerable time, surfacing last year without much fanfare, and has been re-promoted in 2018 to try and get it off the ground. 4 of the 9 tracks on display are head and shoulders above the rest, the title track is a tidy down to mid tempo floater and “Don’t Forget To Remember” is a slightly more urgent, but refrained chugger, both these tunes have had spins on Mark Merry’s ‘Soul Sermon’ radio shows and yes I can well understand why, perfect radio fodder.
The gospel tinged “Even Me” complete with cavernous backing singers, simple percussion, organ fills and tinkling piano is a nice touch, but I am afraid that’s it for me until track 9, “You’re The Only One”, a sumptuous southern flavoured mid tempo head nodder, which, at the more adventurous clubs, would put bodies on the floor. As for the rest of the album, it simply goes nowhere, it’s as if the passion and the feeling was stripped out of the album. Having played it through several times to convince myself of my initial thoughts, it’s one of those cases where you can’t remember what you have been listening to, with the exception of the tracks mentioned – it’s all a bit ‘elevator’. Such a real shame because he’s got a great voice and some tracks do indeed work.

Brian Goucher