Wino – Adrift

Wino - Adrift

After years of churning out some of the heaviest, doom-laden, riff-heavy rock with St. Vitus, The Obsessed, Spirit Caravan, et al., Scott “Wino” Weinrich has finally unleashed his first truly solo effort, Adrift. No drums, no bass. Just Wino, his voice, and often multi-tracked acoustic guitar; with some of Wino’s trademark lead work on an electric leaping out on some tracks.

The album starts off with title track “Adrift”, a gulls-a-soaring and seas-a-heaving, troubadour-esque song that ends up being one of the strongest on the album. Wino pulls back on his vocal delivery here, and it really compliments the melody he deftly picks out on the guitar. This is a great warm-up to the rest of the album which, for the most part, is a great representation of what Wino can bring us as on his own as a singer-songwriter.

Wino runs through a slew of lyrical themes on this album – from musings on love, loss, family, his allegiance to his rock’n’roll, biker lifestyle; on to ruminations about the state of the world and what drives us as beings on this Earth. Couple that with his crafty, well-honed guitar chops, and you’ve got yourself the makings of a great album. Mostly. I only say “mostly” because I think that, in some places, his pulled back approach to delivery (as on “Adrift”) would have fit a little better. But hey, this isn’t my album and you’ve got to respect an artist’s expression; that’s how they wanted it.

Some of the standout songs on Adrift are the instrumentals “Suzanne’s Song” and “O.B.E.”. The former riding along a powerful, somber yet, somehow, triumphant feeling melody; while the latter is built from heavily saturated effects until close to the end of the piece, where some clean acoustic guitar rises out of the trippy fuzz. “O.B.E.” kind of feels like filler at first listen, but it’s evident with further listens that it has its place on the album. “Green Speed” is a burner and a great way to close out the album, as well. This is some classic Wino, and this song would have been right at home on any of his former work with The Obsessed or Spirit Caravan. The other eight tracks are solid in their own right, I just felt I’d highlight some of my personal favorites.

Above all, Adrift is an album that obviously comes from the heart; you can’t deliver a work this powerful any other way. This, rocking and chock full of Wino grit, is a soulful and deeply personal album. It has traces of Wino’s previous works, while still being enough of a departure to bear little resemblance to the musical path he’s tread for so long.

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