James \ Dean
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It’s not very often a countryish album makes such a big impact on this play list. But James Watson and Steve Dean make an enormous impact with their cutting edge harmonies and Americana style lyrics.
Acoustic/electric guitar led chords, booming choruses, and the occasional Byrds style chiming guitars all hit home. The above combination fills out “Livin&Livin Right”, and the duo sound like a cross between Ezio and The Libertines on the poppy acoustic sweep that underpins the road tale of ”Joe & Loreno”, a song complete with magnificent pedal steel from Russ Pahl.
Johnny Neel adds both telling piano and organ fills, on the anthemic “Fourth & Main”, and the together with song writing cohort Billy Montana, James/Dean also score on the ballad “Everbody’s Talking”, a self penned effort not to be confused with Harry Nilsson.
Finally, the languid rock & roll of the forthcoming single “Fire Red Thunderbird”, includes classy riffs and even a lyrical pun on James Dean. The closing title track is different to what’s gone before, it’s a far more straight ahead, riff driven piece, but a fine closing track to a great album.
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