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Scott Waters

Vibes for Miles

Review by Gary Hill

One way to describe this set would be to say that the music is retro-based. Perhaps timeless is a better description. If the kind of accessible pop rock displayed here ever sounds old or tired, it might be time to hang things up. This is just a strong set of cool music. It doesn't strive for innovation or trends, just quality music. Really, isn't that something special?

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Track by Track Review
Love Is Gonna Find You
Drums start the album. The other instruments join, and we're off into an arrangement that is rather Beatles-like. The vocals bring another angle to the piece. This is a tasty and strong pop rock number.
Anything She Wants
This cut is even more Beatlesesque than the opener was. This also makes me think of bands ranging from The Rembrandts to The Knack. It's a fun piece.
Gypsy Heart
This ballad has a lot of classical strings. It's a classy cut, and a nice bit of variety.
(You Are) Everything
I dig the energized and accessible groove of this tune. It has a real classic rock meets modern pop rock vibe to it. The guitar solo is particularly tasty.
We Don't Talk Anymore
The guitar leads and fills on this are magical. The vocal arrangement is all class, too. The reminds me of some of the melodic rock songs from Blue Oyster Cult to a large degree. This is another effective mainstream rocker.
The Other Side
There is a bit of a roots, folk rock thing at play here. This is another accessible and solid tune. I dig the banjo on the number.
Never Stop Loving You
This accessible melodic rocker is very much in a balladic vein.
Mile High Lucy and Her Rainbow Shine
There are some hints of psychedelia on this. The keyboards bring some almost prog-based stuff. This is another classy tune on a disc full of strong music.
She's My Favorite Color
Horns are a nice touch on this track. It's another energetic and accessible rocker. The mix of classic and modern sounds works really well.
Spaceships and Soda
Here we get a high-energy stomper. This has some reggae and some definite hints of progressive rock in the mix. It's an intriguing cut that even seems to have some power-pop built into it.
Whiskey Nights
The horns return at points here. This song differs from the rest because of a duet of male and female voice (Kala Farnham) that provides contrast to the strictly male voice of the rest of the album. This is a strong tune of the balladic variety. It makes for a good ending to the set.
 
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