Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 8.5/10
Wanted Alive, to be found offering a small part of a healthy, giving and loving soul to those in need of help, who require assistance and those whose own life has taken a downturn because the music has left them, to be found and needed with all your hear, to be Wanted Alive is to feel human, important to someone and assured to put a hefty smile upon your face.
For Steve Logan, Wanted Alive is a statement, a musical landscape in which Capability Brown would have sank his head in his hands and then in a fit of pique throw in the towel, the garden of serenity is only fit to sit in if the music on offer is enough to feed the soul and with an open view from an open heart, Steve Logan supplies both the scenery and the hardy descriptions in which this setting of majesty resides.
Wanted Alive, a musical trip into which the expectation is certainly met head on, from the initial caress of sound at the start of the journey, yet it is also one that deals with the suffering of the anti-lush, the bleak, the deserted, the wasteland of existence in which we have to constantly dream that one day the grass will return; it is in this perfect union of barren chaos and fertile tranquillity in which the paved road which dissects the pair is a sightseers dream.
Steve Logan, along with Rhys Wilson, Andy Cross and Phil Bryant have created that splendid dichotomy with a sense of beauty in their work, they don’t see the sand and rust of the desert, the don’t see the solitary rose poking out of the ground pleading for a backdrop, the picture is one of a whole, one of completion, for you cannot truly be alive unless if you don’t appreciate the rain as well as the sun.
In tracks such as Jukebox, the superb Billy The Kid, Warrior’s Heart, Outlaws and Natural High, Steve Logan finds away to water the pasture and care for the bleached rocks of the desert, it is a hell of a job to consider even attempting but for the musician being Wanted Alive is part of life and life is only possible if you care and observe both sides of the musical hemisphere; it is with great passion that Steve Logan succeeds fully in this album.
Ian D. Hall