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CD REVIEW: Seniority by Gordy Hunt

http://www.allmusic.com/album/seniority-mw0002880526

Gordy Hunt is a folk-blues-almost retro-pop-rock artist based in Michigan who just released his 14 track CD entitled “Seniority” in 2014. Many tracks feature some wonderful musicianship and warm, inviting feel. All in all it’s a solid effort that encourages repeat listens.The songwriting here aims to promote more positive messages than what we hear on the radio these days.

The overall vibe I get is this artist is holding nothing back, thus steering clear of reducing songs to sanitized versions of themselves. The first few songs (Looking Forward to Your Love), (Mary Lynn) and (Love Circus) hit the deck running as this bursts to life via well-appointed movements, soulful-rock vibe and a warm vocal presence up front. Also present are tight harmonies and consistent groove-ridden rhythm guitar and rhythm section. In my opinion this project features 2 main ingredients: Hunt on vocals and the guitar. To me these 2 personify the core sound of retro pop. This may sound stupid – but it’s amazing to me how valuable these 2 instruments have been over the last 50 years, however it’s what you do with those 2 instruments that matters. Having said that Hunt’s songwriting that is the key ingredient that makes all of this work oh so well. All 3: voice, guitar, writing are finely balanced within the mix. The vocal range of Hunt is especially appealing to the higher registry are artfully defined while still layered quite nicely within the pocket. He has much to offer insofar as passion, grit and power without falling into the vocalist-with-supporting-arrangement trap. With standout tracks like (Lady Behind the Lenz), (Love Circus) and (Only with You). All 14 movements stimulate the senses. One can’t help but admire how all the instruments (4 piece core) and musical styles are distributed masterfully within this 14 track record. My favorite track is probably “Mr. and Mrs. Greene”

https://www.musicpage.com/gordyhuntband

 

by David White

In short words

Criteria - 80%

80%

Rating

This is a true to form old school pop-rock-blues-folk that successfully captures the vintage songwriting virtuoso. There’s sprinkle of Blues, maybe Soul and Americana Folk/Acrostic Folk in there as well – though I could be wrong. Bring in some wine, a good crowd and some soul food – yeah you get it to. Throughout all piece one will notice a tragic-sweetness and blooming hooks all the while maintaining an intimate “conservative” bluesy-groovy feel. “Seniority” by Gordy Hunt may sound like a 70’s record but undeniably Alternative Folk based with an almost Classic Rock n’ Roll feel to it courtesy of this band and its Midwest demographic – the heart of America. Many songs on this album are more than ripe for all the old blues school rockers out there but this album could easily be liked by all music fans out there. Here expect no overdubbing or disappointingly amateurish mixing with a disingenuous attempt in making a hit record. These are high-quality, clean recordings that balances out both natural and midi sounds flawlessly. The music though effective is not up to the level of some of the hookier styles of music I’ve heard like The Dave Mathews Band, Jack Johnson, Ben Harper and the John Mayer Trio.

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