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Clark Colborn

Eleanor Rigby (Digital Single)

Review by Larry Toering

Clark Colborn is one of the world’s best kept secrets, or at least that’s what anyone who is familiar with him will say. He’s an absolutely awesome guitar virtuoso whose latest album features some vocal work to go with it. A review of that album can be found here at MSJ as well, along with his first one. But on this Beatles cover he goes all out to record a beautified guitar instrumental take on the classic. His skills are simply unmatched by anyone as he shows how a track like this can actually benefit from his electrifying touch. The symphonic parts are simply gritty, dirty and tasteful, not unlike that of a metal attempt at the track. But the melody finds itself in a somehow more diverse simplicity and naturally more musical effort than metal can deliver. From the opening notes to the last few, it ends right where it left off with a feathery light appeal. In between there are bursts of inspiration at every turn in the arrangement. 

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Track by Track Review
Eleanor Rigby
Colborn is one of the most lyrical guitarists in the business, and he sings on the strings every second of the way. I've always loved this track as it is, even the Rare Earth version holds a place with me, but this brings it into the now and puts a hook like no other on it. This is one artist who should receive more exposure. Colborn’s interpretation points that out as it is vibrant, most colorful, and searing with grace. There is a lot to be said about Colborn, and this is as good as any chance to hear what he's all about.

(Editor's Note - Music Street Journal is set up for the allocation of albums, not singles - particularly not one-song singles. So, in the instances, like this one, where we've covered single song releases, we've had to make some adaptations for formatting. In the case of this one, just imagine both track review and overall review reading as one set of copy. )
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