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Melissa Plett

Ghost Town

Review by Gary Hill

There is a lot of down-home, old-school country music in the mix here. The music ranges from evocative ballads to bluesy tunes and rockers. It's a solid set with a lot of traditional and classic tones in place. There is a lot of charm to this release.

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Track by Track Review
Stay
Picked guitar creates the backdrop for the vocals. This is an old-school country ballad. It's a pretty cut. It gets pretty intense at times.
Handle of Whisky
More of a rocker, there is still plenty of country in the mix here. The cut has a healthy helping of the blues, too. I like this one a lot. It's a lot of fun.
Ghost Town
We're back into the down-home country territory. This is a slow, mellow cut with a lot of blues in the mix.
Mexico
Still slow moving, this has a lot of blues and Americana in the mix. Overall, though, it's pure country music. This is another classy tune on a disc of classy songs. I love the cool rocking movement later in the track. It brings a great retro sound.
Sideways
A mellow rocker, this is a good cut, but not one of my favorites here.
Sunshine and Liquor
Much more of a bluesy rocker, I like this one a lot. In fact, I might peg this as the best song of the disc. It's built around some solid rocking sound, and the vocals really drive it home.
Trigger
Cut from similar cloth as the previous tune, this one has a lot of great rocking energy. This is another candidate for my favorite song here. It's just full of class and Americana style.
Gone
The closer is a ballad. Personally, I think one of the cuts that preceded it would have been better in the slot. That said, lyrically this does work well as a parting shot. Folk and country music merge on this decidedly mellow cut.
 
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