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The Rusty

Review by Gary Hill

Wellbeloved might sound like it would be the name of a band. It's really the name of the main guy here, David Wellbeloved. Of course, he does have a group of musicians here with him. The music here is wide ranging from blues and Americana to jazz and King Crimson and more. It's hard to pin this album down to one style, but it's inventive and creative from start to finish.

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Track by Track Review
Jump into the Fire
Bass gets things going here. The band join with a cool, tastefully off-kilter jam. The vocals have a dramatic and intriguing quality to them. This is exciting, unique and so cool. I love the fuzz guitar solo, too. The extended instrumental section later brings some artsy psychedelia bordering on prog rock to the proceedings. That includes a crazed excursion into space rock, too. This is such a cool piece of music.
Thankful (Not Fire)

The arrangement on this is strange. It has a lot of slide guitar bringing an almost blues or country angle to play. The piece is less ensemble based and a lot more stripped back. Yet, there is a quirky weirdness to it that brings art music angles, particularly via the vocals.

They Fall
A slow moving, noisy rocker, this is classy stuff. It's more mainstream than the tracks that preceded it, but it does have some fuzz and alternative weirdness in the mix. This isn't pop-oriented, but it almost feels like it standing next to the earlier pieces here.
Freedom is a Shotgun

This is a driving rocker with some great slide guitar. It has a definite left-of-center vibe, but also plenty of classic old school Americana in the mix.

Green Line to U
Weird, blues meets Americana and jazz is the concept here. This is slow moving, but also dense and rich. I dig the vibes on the piece a lot. It's crazy cool.
Sell It to the World

This makes me think of 90s era King Crimson as it comes in. From there it shifts toward something that takes glam rock and psychedelia and merges them into an otherworldly chaotic craziness. This has an art angle to it for sure. It also earns a parental advisory for the lyrics.

The Values
Punk, space rock, jazz and more merge on this unusual tune. It's artsy and so much fun. The instrumental section is fuzz-laden and includes some saxophone soloing. It's also intense and tastefully weird.
Lizard Take 1 (Spoken)
This is just a short bit of studio banter presented as a track on the album.
Now! Now! Now!
An instrumental, this has some prog tendencies along with psychedelia, art music and mainstream rock. It's tastefully odd, but also accessible.
(I See)
This is a slow moving number that has plenty of jazz and Americana built into it. It's all class. It does a great job of grounding the set to end, and still manages to bring some art vibes with it.
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