Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Joey Landreth - Whiskey, album review

Gentle Appeal

Canadian singer and songwriter Landreth’s debut solo album is a fine slice of west coast Country, so apt to think of The Eagles and Vince Gill [yes, I thought that would be an interesting musical morph]. From both of these touchstones you get the gentle clarity of the vocal, but there are harmonies in attendance to broaden the echo, as in the title track, and his own guitar playing is clearly accomplished. The overall mood is laid back – in a restful sense – but in many ways this exemplifies the perfections in the performance and production: Time Served is a gentle, guitar reverbing romance; Still Feel Gone is a soothing blues ballad [with sweet slide]; Better Together has an R&B upbeatness about it, and closer Remember is an acoustic folkcountry ballad, pedal steel laying those introspective waves. Quietly impressive.

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