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Thursday, February 9, 2017

John Richard - Lost In Dublin - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Lost In Dublin, from John Richard and it is quite uniquely cool! Opening with country flavored rocker, I Fall Apart, John Richard steps up to the mic and belts out vocals that sound amazingly like Jack Bruce. Backed by Jordan Murphy on drums, Charlie Phillips on bass, and Christien Belliveau on steel and acoustic guitars, this vocalist really hits it square. I also gotta say, Carter Chaplin on lead vocal does a terrific job with stellar lead work with unique phrasing and hints of Jimmy Page. Excellent! On Some Things Never Get Paid, Richard's vocals are somewhat distorted creating a cool aesthetic. A very simple rhythm pattern is laid out by Mike Trask on drums, Mark Doucet on bass and Belliveau on keys and a frantic guitar solo by Trask sets this track apart. Soulful ballad, Volumes of Beautiful Words, has a really nice melody and cool sonic pedal guitar effects by Belliveau. R&B track, Can't Help It is the tallest track for radio play. With it's catchy melody and simple instrumentation, it's sure fire. R&B style track, I Wish You'd Come With Me, is a real nice showcase for Richard's voice. Tight instrumentation and solid melody, this could be a 60's hit. Very nice. Black Church is an interesting track with traces of 60's detective/surf soundtracks with cool tom tom work by Colby Jardine and cool guitar work by Keith Hallett. Wrapping the release is soulful ballad, All The Proof I Need, featuring Richard accompanying himself on highly reverbed guitar with only Belliveau on bass as backup. A nice closer for a strong release.




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