Maly, Ed : Best Kept Secrets
Ed Maly follows up Walking Shoes Blues (2006) with a strong return to form on Best Kept Secrets. Ed's signature guitar lines, distinctive blues soaked vocals, and humorous lighthearted lyrics once again demanded my attention and several spins just like the previous release. This time around Ed decided to open the album up with some of the fan's favorite live cover cuts including "C.C. Rider', 'Matilda', and 'Barefootin.'' You can hear that good home cookin' down to earth Texas hospitality come through in his music. I found a lot of pleasure in "Mr. Ed," a takeoff on the popular 60's sitcom about a talking horse. I also love the fact that this artist does not take himself too seriously, which is exactly why he is so relaxed and is able to jump into every song and sound natural. Being who you really are is so obvious when you write and play music. "Give Me Back My Rib" turns out to be (no pun intended) a real rib tickler when Ed takes the place of Adam for the duration of the song asking Eve (referred to as woman) to please return his rib. It's all for the fun of it and in the same instance you get a churnin' and burnin' blues-rocker. That always seems to be the result when Ed Maly cuts loose on one of his original compositions and I must say straight away the dude does a darn good job on the cover tunes as well. This CD seems to go by real fast, which is usually the first indication of a good recording. If you are enjoying yourself with every track, it's bound to fly by. As they say, time flies when you are having fun and never does the shoe fit better than when you listen to Ed Maly. Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck-February 6, 2008 After reviewing Ed's previous effort, 'Walking Shoes Blues' I can say that the man has done it again! I have in my hands Ed Maly's 2008 release, 'Best Kept Secrets'. The CD opens with an organic sounding cover of 'C.C.Rider'. The song features some great trade off licks between Ed Maly on lead guitar and Darren Ross on keyboards. Up at number two is 'Matilda', a cover of Cookie and the Cupcakes'. Ed and the band lock up really well on this one and deliver a bit of a raw jam feel than gives this one an added kick. Again - some great performances by all. 'Barefootin'' is yet another cover that the guys do well. The performance captures an old school feel that brings one back in the days of analog recordings and bands playing live, very well done! After opening with 3 quick covers, Ed & band jump into the originals. First up is Ed's collaboration with Craig Davis - 'Bungalow 9'. The song is a classic slow blues, somewhat reminiscent of Gary Moore's 'Still Got the Blues'. The song features some sublime understated guitar licks and a totally killer piano track. Next up is 'Mr. Ed' which is somewhat a comical tune about people confusing Ed with the horse in the 50's TV show. I can't say that I am ecstatic about the lyrical idea on this one, but it groves just as well. Number 6 is the song that steals the show - 'Give Me Back My Rib', a somewhat comical take on the biblical tale of Adam and Eve and Adam's first wife, Lilith, that he rejected because she always wanted to be on top. The lyrics definitely brought in some chuckles, and Ed really hits gold with the relationship advice: '...in this world man has a choice, Fight with the woman or save his voice, Let her win; give in'. Very well crafted lyrics and a great performance, definitely my favorite on the record. Next up is a Sonny Williamson cover, 'Don't Start Me Talking' that Ed & band do very well. 'Tear a Honky Tonk Apart' is a country tune where Ed & band show that they are well versed in that genre as well. 'Best Kept Secret', the album title track at number 9 is somewhat a hit and miss for me. 'Hound Dog Cat' is a well done southern rocker, with some wonderful piano and harmonica performances. 'Howling', the CD closer picks up the pace. Overall - I can say that Ed has done it yet again! This album will definitely have you grooving and enjoying yourself. It has a wonderful assortment of tunes with some sizzling performances by some very talented Texas musicians. Reviewed by A. Dorian Houston Music Reviews.