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Michael ONeill

I Like It Like That

Review by Gary Hill

This might not be the most original thing I’ve heard, but it’s quite a catchy and compelling disc. It seems like it should have a pretty wide range of potential fans. The music is basically Americana, but it leans to the country end of things more than anything else. Still, it’s pretty diverse within that general concept.

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Track by Track Review
Raise a Glass

Catchy and classic in tone, this feels like it could have been released in the late 60s or early 70s. It’s got some soulful elements along with country pop and more.

When You Come Around
This is a bit more of a rock song. It’s not as effective, but it still works pretty well. It does have a great melodic guitar solo.
Real Deal
Very much an old rock and roll tune blended with country, this is catchy and energetic. It’s also one of the highlights here.
Love Laid Bare
This slow, balladic cut is very much a country styled piece. It brings some great variety and it has some excellent melodies and tones.
I Like It Like That
A more rocking piece, this is like rockabilly mixed with country music. It’s also a great tune. I love the guitar solo on this. I guess there’s a reason this is the title track.
Let It Rain
A mellower cut, this is basically a country rock duet based ballad.
Running out of Time
There is still some country on this, but it’s more of a pure rock song. It’s not as good as some of the rest, though. I do like the organ on the song.
This more of a slow folk turned country song. It’s much more effective than the previous one. In fact, it’s one of my favorites here.
Feel Her Heart Break
Closer to the rock music end of the spectrum, I’m not all that taken with this number.
On Time
Now this is more like it. I love this song. It’s got a groove to it. It’s like folk rock with country in the mix. At times it makes me think of CCR and at other points I can hear the Grateful Dead.
Just Goes That Way
Very much a folk song, in some ways this makes me think of Arlo Guthrie a little. It’s another strong number.
Real Deal (Fiddle Bonus Track)

As you might guess, this is a different take on the previous cut. It includes a fiddle solo and really works well. It’s actually one of the best songs here.

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