“There are an awful lot of albums slipping under the radar nowadays, so it’s worth keeping an ear out for missed gems such as DOOBIE WHITEHORN’s 2009 album “Touché”.
Doobie, as his name implies, might like a little toke but this is far from stoner music. Layered and intricate, melodies writhe around each other, slinky and muscular guitars sliding in and out of the songs, burrowing deep one moment, springing forth the next. It’s good stuff, and backed up by some really good tunes.
‘Teeth’ comes on all sexy like a rocked up Tom Petty or The Cars, but without the naff Eighties production, and gives The Doobster a chance to really flex his six string chops; the title track brings to mind Primus without the wacky noodling; ‘Tremblin’ Soul’ has an insistent melody which won’t let you ignore it; ‘Someone’s Little Girl’ shows a Bob Dylan-esque edge to his work; and album closer ‘Draggin’ Me Down’ sees Dylan, The Dead, ZZ Top and Tom Petty all rolled into one”
“This is Doobie the solo artist in every sense of the word. Doobie plays everything. The result is an album chock full of great rock. Although the sound has been compared to AC/DC there is so much more depth here than could be found on an AC/DC album. Doobie has taken all his influences and rolled them into one very special package that sounds like Doobie Whitehorn.
The production is crisp and clear, possibly with an 80′s feel to it, before the grunge style made everything sound muddy.
This album is a fantastic achievement.”
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“..." 'Touche' is the kind of Rock that punches you in the gut and makes you sit up and pay attention. Passionate, unique, from the heart lyrics melded together with some of the greatest guitar sounds you will ever hear from a solo artist, Touche is as promised. Universal Rock with a uniquely Aussie attitude. Awesome! The long wait is over, my friends, Doobie Whitehorn is back with Style! If you need to "get out of your comfort zone", and most of us really need to.....grab a copy! A must have for any serious lover of ROCK! "...
~ Nana Mex ~ Global Thunda Network”
“How I had never heard of Doobie before this is still a mystery that is a cluster fudge to unravel.
There is no subtle introduction to Touché. I probably love that trait more than anything on the album. Straight after that play button is pressed Doobie Whitehorn shows the world what he is all about – straight forward, no frills rock with a touch of class and a dab of originality. It is something Doobie has gotten down to a fine art.
All instruments, production and vocals on the album are done by the man himself, which clearly and blatantly goes to show that there really is no such thing as impossible. That, combined with lucid and deep messages is what makes Touché a special piece of work.”
Album Review by Brune de Paiva Part 1
“Comfort Zone, the third song on the album epitomizes the sort of experience and gifts we are looking at. It is hard for most musicians to pull off a song with a couple of repetitive lyrics throughout the entire song, but for Doobie Whitehorn it is a synch. ‘Get out of that comfort zone; get out of that boring routine’ - That catchcry is emphatically and routinely delivered in that song in a way that leaves the listener nodding their head and singing along by the end. It gives a positive message too, considering the often mundane lives most people only too easily find themselves in nowadays.
So do yourself a fine favour and do something not part of your usual routine; grab a copy of Touché by Doobie Whitehorn and have a listen.”
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