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Anyone getting a hold of Classic Rock #229 would have been in for a treat; Handful Of Doubt from Aynsley’s new album has been selected for the 13 track Fretbuzz CD accompanying the magazine. Yes, The Capt’n is rubbing shoulders with Robin Trower, Glenn Hughes, Michael Schenker, Joe Bonamassa, Todd Rundgren etc.

Here’s what CR say about the track:
      Aynsley Lister has been a talked about name in blues guitar circles for years now, and based on his handiwork here it’s not difficult to see why. He grew up ingesting Freddie King, John Mayall and Clapton 45s and you can hear it. Swirling funky technique into a swinging blues template, he sets a Strat-tastic, clean tone before diving into a masterfully melodic solo - highly singable but peppered with clever note choices and thoughtful use of blues scales.

Later in the same magazine, there’s a thumbnail review by henry Yates:-
  Songs, not gratuitous chops are Lister’s priority and here the 39y old builds on 2013’s Home with a collection of tracks that never quite do what you’re expecting. The gypsy-guitar intro of Il Grande Mafioso is brilliantly incongruous, Troubled Soul is an instrumental delicacy that resonates long after its 54 seconds and Handful of Doubt shows he can handle the tough stuff.
7/10

     

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And there’s more:-

Sarah O’Hara, The Low Down (The definitive Liverpool Listings Guide)  5Star
http://www.thelowdownmagazine.com/Review_amp039Eyes_wide_openamp039__Aynsley_Lister-13866.html

Andy Thorley  Maximum Volume Music 8.5/10
http://www.maximumvolumemusic.com/review-aynsley-lister-eyes-wide-open-2016/

Jason Ritchie Get Ready To Rock   4Star
http://getreadytorock.me.uk/blog/2016/09/album-review-aynsley-lister-eyes-wide-open/

Mark McGrogan  Rock ‘N’ Load   5 Star
http://www.rock-n-load.com/album/aynsley-lister-eyes-wide-open-review/

Simon Ramsey Stereoboard 4.5Star
http://www.stereoboard.com/content/view/202347/9

Doug Bearne  National Rock Review
http://www.nationalrockreview.com/album-reviews/eyes-wide-open-aynsley-lister

Bluesdoodles  10/10
http://bluesdoodles.com/cd-review/aynsley-makes-you-listen-with-eyes-wide-open/

Chris High  Planet Mosh 5Star
http://planetmosh.com/aynsley-lister-eyes-wide-open/

Things looking pretty good…...

     

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Some more reviews to peruse…..

Ian D Hall - Liverpool Sound & Vision 9/10
http://www.liverpoolsoundandvision.co.uk/2016/09/15/aynsley-lister-eyes-wide-open-album-review/

Thoralf Koss - Musikreviews.de   13/15
https://translate.google.co.uk/translate?hl=en&sl=de&u=http://www.musikreviews.de/reviews/2016/Aynsley-Lister/Eyes-Wide-Open&prev=search

Ritchie Birnie - Jace Media
http://jacemedia.co.uk/2016/10/aynsley-lister-eyes-wide-open-2/

Rockposer.com - Reviewer: Dan Mann
Aynsley Lister is back with his follow up album to his successful 2013 release ‘Home‘. His brand new album ‘Eyes Wide Open’ is his 13th release (if you include his Blues Caravan collaboration)
And back in style I might add, this is obvious from the off that it’s something a bit special. The production quality shines through, with a spatial feel to the overall feeling, tight bass and a sweet not wincing treble.
The album kicks off in fine style with the up tempo ‘All Of Your Love‘, a definite foot tapper of a number with Ansley’s vocals clear and concise and a wonderful tone to his guitar. From the addition of horns on ‘Everything I Have To Give‘ and ‘Hold You To It‘, to the laid back style of say ‘Il Grande Mafioso‘ and ‘Won’t Be Taken Down‘, the album covers all bases, being modern, yet traditional if that makes sense?
Favorite track for me is probably ‘Handful of Doubt‘ which sort of squeezes everything into one. Delving into the plus’s and minus’s of the album I’d say it is bordering on a few too many ‘slow’ tracks although I’m being a little picky here, while on the plus side, this is certainly an album I’ve played a lot the last couple of weeks, which at the end of the day says everything.

Giovanni “Gio” Pilato - Bluebird reviews
http://www.bluebirdreviews.com/albums/736-aynsley-lister-eyes-wide-open.html

Jonny - Metal-Heads.de
https://translate.google.co.uk/translate?hl=en&sl=de&u=https://metal-heads.de/reviews/aynsley-lister-eyes-wide-open-voe-07-10-16/&prev=search

#fortuneight - The Afterword
http://theafterword.co.uk/eyes-wide-open-aynsley-lister/

Sounds-of-south.de
https://translate.google.co.uk/translate?hl=en&sl=de&u=http://www.sounds-of-south.de/wordpress/2016/10/04/aynsley-lister-eyes-wide-open-cd-review/&prev=search

The Rocking Magpie
https://rockingmagpie.wordpress.com/2016/10/05/5938/

Film News
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vR1OHqJbRVA  (First 5 minutes or so….)

     

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