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Friday, March 4, 2016

Market Square Records artist: Andy Gunn - Miracle of Healing - New Release Review

I just received the newest release, Miracle of Healing, from Andy Gunn and it's quite interesting. Opening with Are We Thru?, Gunn on lead guitar and John Steele on keys set a preliminary stage. Gunn's vocals and guitar say pure blues but the band is more laid back and rocky. Stevie Smith adds some nice harp riff on the basic accompaniment by Kate Stephenson on drums and Neil Hartland on bass. Black Heart really puts me in mind of Dave Mason with a classic blues pop rock feel. I like Gunn's understated guitar riffs which still have a bit of swack. Very cool! Ballad, Beyond The Open Door, has a solid melody and a vaguely familiar feel. I think that this track has solid radio potential, dressed by Malcolm McMaster on pedal steel. Brighter Days is a springy track putting me in mind of James Taylor's How Sweet It Is, another nice popper. Freedom Reality has a really smart melody with an John Hiatt sensitivity. Nicely articulated guitar leads and warm backing vocals by Jo Hamilton, Suzanna Wolfe and Miriam Campbell give the track a real nice feel. Harmony Of One is an easy going rock track with sweet slide work. With a catchy hook, this is another track that could easily garner broad airplay. Hold On is a soft ballad with it's own iridescence with shimmery guitar work and falsetto vocals. Planting The Seeds kicks it up a few notches with a touch of SRV and overriding sounds of Mark Knopler. Quiet ballad, Miracle of Healing, is a classic little track with a minimal cushion of drum, bass and keys with tidy guitar work, pinpoint focusing you on the poetry of the track. Very nice composition. Trouble Women has some really tasty slide and harp interplay making it one of the most instrumentally interesting tracks on the release. Wrapping the release is Road That Leads Back Home, a nicely balanced track with warm backing vocals and guitar highlights making a smooth ending to a solid release.

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