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Steven James Wylie

Everything I Love EP

Review by Gary Hill

This is quite a cool EP. The music varies but is more or less adult contemporary pop music in a singer songwriter vein. Normally having so many ballads wouldn’t be a great idea. These songs are so strong that it works. This is great stuff and I’d love to hear more from this artist.

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Track by Track Review
Everything I Love

An acoustic guitar driven melody opens the album as the title track starts. This is very much a country styled ballad. It’s a pretty and accessible tune. It’s classy and has a classic feel to it. It does get powered up for sections and the guitar soloing is noteworthy.

This Is What Faith Is (feat. Christine Dente)
After that opening track, the obvious move would have been another country tune. This is definitely not the obvious move. One might be able to make out a little contemporary country in this (but it would be a bit of a stretch). Overall this moves between an alternative rock sound that wanders near progressive rock, adult contemporary sounds and even some jazz. The duet works well and this cut is another winner.
Flower
This is another ballad. It’s actually less powered up than the opener was. It lands more in the pop meets adult contemporary field. It’s a great song that’s accessible and quite pretty.
Butterfly
Just over two minutes in length, this is a short piece. It’s another melodic ballad and it’s quite pretty. I like this one a lot.
Beautiful Souls
If this song wasn’t as strong as it is, one might question the wisdom of putting so many ballads here. The thing is, this is intricate, poignant and beautiful. It lands somewhere between the country tones of the opener and the adult contemporary meets modern rock sounds of a lot of the rest of this. It’s the best song here and a great way to end things nicely.
 
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