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CD REVIEW: Road by the River by Michael Askin

It´s time for something Folky! After gracing the stage with other bands, when it comes to solo career many musicians tends to seek for such a new direction that many questions suddenly arise. Sometimes we get this heavy rock people going for a rapping or Roots direction, that at least perhaps you know the artist in person, it does caught you by a surprise.

Road By The River by New Jersey native Michael Askin feels both like a journey in time while at the same it feels like a tour or road trip through the desert roads that people encounter between a state or city, right away the title track evokes images from recent or even childhood memories when we used to travel from very far places. The album dives between the acoustic and full band, the former gives a very intimate feel while adding some rusty layers. The latter basically increases the emotions and mental state that the record drives you in. Askin’s weary vocals is pretty classic, it´s perfect for an album that plays with different styles and changes its tempo and time period with such an ease that it can be scary, it´s in middle place between the 70s (think Bob Dylan, Creedence Clearwater, The Beatles) and Modern (The Black Keys, Steven Wilson).

While it would be amazing for everyone to dive in and enjoy this album, unfortunately the truth is in some way this isn’t an album for everybody. While the album showcases the talent of an interesting act, it takes a while for the album to bring the big guns and shoot the big guns. The big bang, the song that embodies everything this artist has to offer is definitely the third track, “Sun Going Down” and the songs prior to it are great but for many they can find it a bit boring.

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In the end, someone call Richard Linklater, we got a great soundtrack for another of his films. The melodies feels sometimes a bit cinematic, and the lyrics are pretty rare these days in a time where everything feels so generic, you can really scope into the heart of this fine gentleman. Again, perhaps not too commercial and therefore not suitable for everyone, but definitely for those who are seeking for a great singer-songwriter, here´s the perfect guy and album, a must listen for sure.

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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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