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Dan Hazlett

Turning Stone

Review by Gary Hill

I reviewed a previous set from this artist and said that it was a bit monolithic. I don't think that's a problem this time around. This seems to shake things up and change from track to track more than the earlier release did. Like that one, though, this features strong songwriting. The sound is rooted in everything from jazz to blues to classy rock and more. As strong as the previous one was, this ups the ante.

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Track by Track Review
This is a bouncy sort of tune. It has some almost jazzy elements along with a bit of an Island vibe.
Horn starts this tune, and it works out into a cool jazzy groove.
Gone Too Soon
I love the smirky lyrics to this tune. The cut has some blues in the mix and more. It also earns a parental advisory. The harmonica is a nice touch.
Turning Stone
The title track has more of that playful island thing at its heart. It's a catchy romp that works well.
Come October
A shuffling little tune, this is another that has some harmonica in the mix. It's entertaining stuff.
Antique Bed
I really love the jazzy vibe on this song. The multi-layered vocal arrangement is classy, too. This is one of the highlights of the set. It's packed full of drama and magic.
I Am The Girl
A mellower, bluesy tune, this is a fun cut.
The Trouble With Baseball
A folk rocking tune, this is a fun piece.
Outrun Your Heart
I dig the fun groove and guitar hooks on this song a lot. The harmonica solo is a nice touch.
Looks Like Rain
Bouncy and catchy, this is another fun tune. It's not a big change, but it's very effective and a strong closer.
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