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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Sean Pinchin - Rust Bucket - New Release Review

I just received the newest release, Rust Bucket, from Sean Pinchin. I am new to Sean's work and find it very well composed and heartfelt. Opening with Broke Down Automobile, Pinchin blends modern pop music with blues and country much like John Mayer or Ben Harper (yes... I know there is a broad space between the two). A fast paced track with slide rhythm and well blended backing vocals by Emma-Lee make this an easy one to hit the airwaves. Boo Hoo is another blues style track but with a lot of pop. This is quite an interesting track musically and again has possibilities to a broad audience. High Heeled Shoes has a solid country blues rhythm guitar part and structure but the vocals are so light and bouncy that the track comes across again with a strong blend toward pop. Very nice work. Wanna Stay In Bed is the bluesiest track on the release with really nicely picked blues guitar and harp by Steve Strongman. Strongman and Pinchin play cool tandem guitars for a really nice bridge. Gotta Move is a blues rocker with more prominent drums by Adam Warner. Again backing vocals from Emma-Lee add to this a very radio worthy track. Particularly nice slide work by Pinchin also adds a nice warmth to this track. Coming Home is a slow bluesy ballad which nicely showcases Pinchins voice and writing skills. Very strong. Dirt Poor is another pop/country track with a light feel. Light brushing slide work and vocal accompaniment blends this track nicely into the release. This is a very cohesive package showing multiple facets of this creative artist but not departing far from a central core of his basic music. Complete Fool is the rockiest track on the release with cool slide work but again not breaking outside of what you might expect from a solid singer/songwriter who also happens to play slide pretty well. Confession Blues is very strong melodically and possibly my favorite composition on the release. The writing is clear and clean with nice symmetry and feeling. The release is completed by Can't Stop Falling In Love, a quiet ballad (think Kenny Rankin) with nice guitar harmonics and punctuation. This release is definitely a spot on target bullseye for listeners who are melodic vocals oriented. The guitar work is well done and very smart. Excellent job!

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