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Salim Nourallah

See You in Marfa

Review by Gary Hill

It's always cool to watch an artist develop. This is the third CD I've reviewed from Salim Nourallah, and the experience of doing those previous ones has allowed me to really see him come into his own. This EP is definitely the strongest music I've heard from him. He's developed a sound that seems to walk the line between classic rock and alternative. He manages to do it with a lot of style, too.

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Track by Track Review
See You in Marfa
I dig the guitar sound that brings this into being. The cut works out with a folk rock turned alternative vibe. There are hints of things like Tom Petty on this.
Not Back to Sad
A playful tune, this isn't a big change. That said, it has some Beatles-like vibes at times. This is solid stuff.
Hold on to the Night
An energized alternative pop rock vibe is in the driver's seat here. This is another fun song. This is particularly catchy.
Love's a Promise
I dig the acoustic guitar vibe as this gets underway. It works out to an almost country leaning alternative rock song. It remains based more on the mellower side of the equation early. It does get pretty rocking in the later portions, though.
Hate the Waiting
Keyboards start this in mellower ways. The vocals come over the top of that backdrop.
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