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Hugh Masterson

Lost + Found

Review by Gary Hill

This is the kind of set that gets into your ear and just won't let go. It's a roots music based excursion that's very effective. It seems like it just keeps getting stronger the further you get into it. The music here ranges from mellow country to country rocker, folk rock and even country based rock music. It never feels redundant or tired, and it all works extremely well. If you dig your music with a healthy helping of retro Americana, you will love this.

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Track by Track Review
Everything to Me

As a guitar riff starts this, it's obvious that we're in for a big slice of Americana. There is plenty of old school country the mix. The whole cut just oozes cool, really. The harmonica adds some genuine retro cool to the track.

Bigger Man
Now, this one lands more in old school rock and roll. It feels like it could have come out in the 1950s. It's energized and quite strong. In fact, as classy as the opener was, I definitely like this one more.
Lost and Found
It just keeps getting better. This has more of a dramatic folk rock vibe to it. It's packed with emotion and power. I just love this song.
Show on the Road
Jaida Dryer lends some vocals to this cut. Those really add to the number. That said, this country leaning folk rocker doesn't really need the help. It's another highlight of the set.
Small Town
Mellower and slower, this is an acoustic based ballad. It's a pretty cut with a healthy helping of country music in the mix.
Leaving
The closer is electrified. It lands more in the territory of a country leaning rock music. It's the most modern sounding thing here. It makes me think of John Mellencamp a bit. It's another effective piece on a disc that's full of effective music.
 
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