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Jim Steed

Fall

Review by Gary Hill

This EP showcases a musical talent who produces music you’ll feel like you’ve known for years. His sound would have fit in quite nicely in the 1970’s or 1980’s. This is not progressive rock or metal, but rather solid pop rock. It’s a good disc with songs you can just enjoy.

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Track by Track Review
Numb
This comes in feeling a bit punky, but it shifts out to a more typical ‘80’s styled rock sound. It’s a catchy track that feels like you must have heard it somewhere before. The guitar solo on this is especially tasty.
Fall
This starts off more as mellow ballad, but it’s powered up to a classic rock anthemic number as it carries forward. You can just picture the lighters in the air on this one. The arrangement gets quite powerful later in the piece.
Lost & Found
Here we get another straightforward rocker that’s quite catchy. I’d say the vocal performance is the standout portion of this one. That said, the guitar solo is quite tasty.
Keep Me Alive
This one is much stronger than the tracks that preceded it. That’s not to say that those songs are weak – not by any means. It’s just the dramatic anthemic ballad approach that makes this one up is exceptionally powerful. It is my favorite piece on show here.
Closer
This is probably my second favorite piece. It’s a beautiful and evocative piano based ballad.

Fall (Acoustic Version)
As the title suggests, here we have an acoustic version of the EP’s title track. I’d have to say that I like this version better.

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