Shane Philip, Live At Baker Studios

Shane Philip, Live At Baker Studios

Shane Philip, Live at Baker Studios: Straight out of Quadra Island, B.C. comes Canada’s answer to fellow didgeridoo-ing maniac Xavier Rudd. Disappointingly, Philip crossed an invisible but respected line. Plenty of artists take from their influences but Philip completely plagiarized Rudd’s sound – the electric tribal drumming, the hypnotic didgeridoo rumbles, the bluesy lap steel […]

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Shane Philip, Live at Baker Studios: Straight out of Quadra Island, B.C. comes Canada’s answer to fellow didgeridoo-ing maniac Xavier Rudd. Disappointingly, Philip crossed an invisible but respected line. Plenty of artists take from their influences but Philip completely plagiarized Rudd’s sound – the electric tribal drumming, the hypnotic didgeridoo rumbles, the bluesy lap steel pulls and even Philip’s vocals are an exact copy. The hard part about reviewing this CD is that it’s not necessarily a bad record. The tribal dance parties, “Triple Shot,” “Breakdown,” and “Octopus,” will get you stomping like a folk-fest hippy. While tender moments like the bopping, pop number “Sweet Ocean,” and the chill, laidback groove of “Cool Clouds” are moments of pure grace. Besides its lack of originality, you have to give props to Philip for pulling off his huge live sound in the studio. (Venice Is Sinking)


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  • Jason… I fail to share your opinion and review of Shane’s latest CD. Being a huge fan of both Shane and Xavier, I believe that the similarity ends with the instruments used. If you take the time and listen to both Xavier’s latest (Dark Shades of Blue) and Shane’s (Live at Baker Studios), you will hear definate Metal influeances on DSOB and LABS is WAY more Bluesy. Sure with two people playing the same instruments it is easy to say that they are the same on the serface, and one has “plagiarized” the other, but if you actually listen to the writing of both the lyrics and music you WILL see/hear the difference.

  • Definitely, if you are comparing Live At Baker Studios with Dark Shades of Blue there are huge stylistic differences – Shades of Blue was a huge leap in creativity for Rudd and I did take that into account, but got hatched out during my own personal editing process.

    I took a solid two weeks in listening to Baker and, in the end, I felt it was far too familiar not to be mentioned. Maybe I was a bit harsh, but both the writing of lyrics and music failed to excite me about this particular genre of music.

    Thanks for your comments Dave – I’ll take them into account when reviewing in the future.

  • I’ve read this review and thought about these two albums a whole bunch in comparison, looking for the similarities and i just cant hear or feel them. I mean if we were talking about some earlier work of both artists I feel you might be able to make an easier comparison right out of the box, but with these two albums its like apples and oranges..

    Shane Philip’s album tries to capture the immensity of his live show / sound in as few takes as possible without any digital trickery. Whereas Xavier Rudd’s latest seems to fall off into that trap of production and weird mastering. Sadly, I feel like he’s actually lost a lot of that initial attraction for me that was present on the other albums. Like its lost a bunch of that personality in stepping to a way more rock oriented sound..

    Shane Philip’s new album on the other hand is covered in his spirit and personality and frantic energy he brings to his live shows. To compare the two like I said really seems like apples and oranges now on these two very divergent albums. I think its actually misleading in a review, or a shortcut to thinking, as Xavier would be the most common one to pick off in relation.. Its kinda tired? like what they both play a didj? A hand drum? Shane philip’s music has more in common with organic folk, tribal beats and even some of that old blues blood heartbeat when you feel it in person. Does that mean he bites robert johnson or ben harper cause he draws from a common well?

    Id say its harder to classify because as his sound has grown it has become way more of an ammalgamation of world experiences and analog rhythmns reaching back through a whole bunch of different music….. than just a common thread of one other popular dude playing similar instruments.

    They are both artists working with instruments but sonically they are on completely different levels and paths… and it would even seem that Xavier has lost that original connection stepping out into over-production land. Something I dont see happening in all my experiences seeing / hearing Shane Philip perform.

    Just my opinion.

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