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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Clyde Is Thinking artist: Eric Sommer - Brooklyn Bolero - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the newest release, Brooklyn Bolero from Eric Sommer. Opening with knee slapper, Red Dress, Eric Sommer (guitar, vocal and harmonica), Jim Oakley (percussion, vocal and stomp box) and Zach Smith (bass, vocals and groove accelerator) set a hefty pace for the release. On Cereal Song, Sommer creates something of a country rudimentary rap. With harmonica and rim shots, it's more of a chant. Warm ballad, Best Foot Forward, is nicely constructed with Elvis Costello style. Soothing vocals and clean electric soloing makes for a real nice track. Chord driven, Doin' Wrong, has a country punk style that I could most easily associate with Frank Black / Pixies. Short and sweet, possibly my favorite track on the release. Cover My Soul is an easy going rural style showing solid vocal blending, nice song writing, a cool bass line and interesting finger picking. Rural sounds, blended with contemporary presentation yields What A Day I Had, a cool pop track with a solid drum beat. Death Ray Cataclysm is straight ahead but reminds me of David Lindley just the same. A good melody and simple acoustic guitar work, another favorite on the set. Wrapping the release is rocker, Hold Your Hand. With a relentless swing, this track gives Sommer a chance to stretch a bit on electric guitar and Oakley's driving drum lines paired with Smith on bass makes this the perfect closer.

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