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CD REVIEW: Sorrys and Goodbyes by Steve Meier

With a sound that sounds like a country boy who learned to rock it on the guitar, Steve Meier comes through with a unique sound every time an album is dropped. Whether it be 2016’s Meier or this April’s Sorrys and Goodbyes. He’s firing on all cylinders. Taking control of everything on Sorrys and Goodbyes, Steve handled the bass, guitars and the vocals but did have a little help from fellow musician and friend Jerrod Brunemeier who played on the title track as well as “Don’t Look Back.” Sorrys and Goodbyes is a gritty rock record with country elements hidden in the basement of each track.But it’s not really-country music in every sense of the term. This is good old rock ‘n roll mixed with some boogie-woogies vibes. The material on both of his EP’s comes off rock solid in every way, there really is no knocking it. More of the same is the only order, and it doesn’t seem too tall because every song of his so far checks out on the radar. “WalkinWith A Woman” is an awesome track to set the fires burning with some excellent vocals. He’s a great singer and delivers with precision efforts. And one of the first things you can tell is that it’s produced with a second to none result.

It’s always nice to feel that something good will follow something good, and that’s what you get, no changes is the mix at all from song to song as “You Don’t Know” comes into the picture. It lets off the scent that you can’t deny the rest, a bright signal that it’s going to be a one hundred-percent good ride. You either like this or you don’t, because it has all been done before. But I like everything about it, with all the bells and whistles it comes with. It’s likeable and that’s the first thing that comes to mind. It goes from there and you just want to get all you can out of it. That’s just one testament. If you don’t like the vocals there isn’t going to be much reasoncontinue, but if you do you’ll also get the best of what else it has-to offer, which is a lot of good playing by everyone. The art of studio performance is a cool thing, and “Don’t Look Back” is just the ticket to witness a crack at pulling off a perfect recording. The production deserved credit for the merit put forth, as well. He had some help from another musician named Jerrod Brunemeier on this one, and it’s a great collaboration. I loved everything about this killer song. It rocks, it swings, it does everything superbly.

“Sorrys and Goodbyes” brings it to a much too early close, and it might even be the sleeper track of the EP. Because it certainly makes-an effort to impress with the acoustic guitars starting off and boiling up to some amazing guitar work. It almost takes over in the front seat of it all, as it drives the whole track with a commanding prowess. It could get the most plays out the record because of that, but saving it for last could hurt its chances for all its worth. There’s not enough tracks on it to put it anywhere else though, so it fits in the right place either way. It’s the most hypnotic piece of music, and that’s the best thing the whole EP.

I-TUNES: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/sorrys-and-goodbyes-ep/id1225416316

by Kevin Webber

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Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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