The Dutch say "YES!"
Wonderful review from Dutch magazine 'Blues Magazine" (Translation by Google Translate)
In order to avoid misunderstandings, I mention right away that we are not dealing with a posthumous release by American singer-songwriter Steve Young. This is because of the brand new album by British singer-songwriter Steve Young from London. An artist, who is also active as a session guitarist and teacher and has already performed with ex-Savage Garden frontman Darren Hayes, among others. He debuted in 2016 with the album 'Troubadour' and is in style in the Americana corner. But then British Americana so that occasionally the necessary folk influences pop up The album begins with the graceful ballad A Fool's Dream with bluesy guitar work and a cutting fiddle. The song is somewhere between Americana and folk and retains the necessary power through the use of the electric guitar. Steve has a soft, almost velvet voice that reminds singers like Paul Carrack, Paul Simon and Tim Finn. Trembling Heart is a ballad, which has a nice warm, intimate sound through the use of the pedal steel guitar and the fiddle. In addition to 70's country-rock influences, I also heard a melody line that reminded me of Christie's "Yellow River". It's A Good Thing is a cheerful and languid swinging Americana song with a folky fiddle and a warm sliding pedal A languid, sultry J.J. Cale guitar pops up in the heaving and catchy Guilty By My Eyes. The Great North Road continues on the same foot. An intimate sparkling number. The warm Waiting For My Heart is such a song, that it could do well in the USA country charts. The blues is clearly present in the angular Whiskey And Wine, mainly due to the cutting guitar work. Through the use of a soulful sounding organ this song sounds like a country rock version of Paul Carrack. After the country ballad Hard Times In A Beautiful Place Paul Simon influences (a la "Graceland") in the airy swinger The Greatest Love Song. Steve sounds very intimate and loving in the ballad Beautiful Tonight. A rocking song with mandolin and howling stem. The album ends with the most beautiful song, My Son. A very attractive and pretty folky song with twang guitar, cutting fiddle and beautiful vocals.
Fans of intimate Americana can purchase this album blindly!
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