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Gavin Sutherland

Wireless Connection

Review by Gary Hill

This is an album that feels like it could have been released on the late 1960s or early 1970s. It's set in a folk music style that definite calls to mind artists like The Band and Bob Dylan and others of that ilk. There is a healthy helping of country music here. Harmonica features prominently on the bulk of the music here.

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Track by Track Review
Peggy Told Me
With some harmonica in the mix, this is a folk rock tune. The vocals make me think of Bob Dylan a bit. The music somehow reminds me of John Lennon a little.
Blueberry Wine
The harmonica shows up right at the start of this number. It's in a similar music territory as the last one, but there is a bit more of a rock and roll vibe here. This is retro tinged and fun.
Stolen Dream
Another classic folk rocker, this is one of the strongest cuts of the set. It just seems to gel better.
Wireless Connection
The title track is another with plenty of Dylan in the mix. This is timeless and classic. It has some slide guitar lending some country elements to it. It's another standout.
Microgroove
The arrangement here is a bit more developed. There are hints of Latin music on this one. Otherwise it's cut from a lot of the same cloth.
After the Storm
This seems rather stripped back compared to the previous piece. It's another solid piece, but not a big change.
Old West Road
A mellower, ballad like approach is on the menu here. The harmonica adds a lot to the mix. I like this cut a lot.
Merry Lights
There is a lot of country in this mellow folk piece.
Monkeys and Trees
Here we get a fun little rocker. I love this song. In fact, it might be my favorite here. I dig the piano on this.
The Thistle and the Rose
This feels even mellower and more stripped back after the sound of the previous piece.
Show Mercy
Slower and a bit more country based, this is an intriguing cut. The backing vocals bring a bit of a gospel music angle.
The Nightbird's Song
Slide guitar brings a lot of country into the mix. This is slow and quite down-home in nature. Beyond that, it's not any kind of real change. Still, you know what to expect.

 

 
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