"Days Like These"

(Liberation); Pop

By ​Phil ​Bennett

For those of you who remember watching a young Johnny Diesel beefing it up way back when, no doubt you would have been impressed not only by his sheer energy but also by the precision and maturity he displayed in his guitar playing.

It hardly seemed surprising, then, that Jimmy Barnes picked him up and off he went.

With his handsome looks and scary skills he seemed to have been born for success but, of course, not all went according to plan.

But now, a couple of decades later, he's still making the music he loves - soul driven blues flavoured rock delivered with fire and topped with a passionate vocal delivery.

Viewed more as a class musician, his voice is often overlooked, but it really is something special, rich and full in timbre. Diesel also knows how to weave his phrasing around the music with natural twists and turns.

There are some fabulous moments here - the sock-it-to-me blues soul of Need Your Fire, the feisty and fresh title track, and the subtle sonic palette of Ain't Giving Up.

With minimal assistance - a drummer, a bassist and himself - Diesel has come up with another underrated, understated winner.


​Phil ​Bennett

Musician, actor, singer, music reviewer, Phil’s interests cover a lot of bases and this is reflected in the music he writes about. From blues to soul, ambient to electronic, Phil writes about artists he feels are interesting, true to their craft and worthy of your ears.