Artist: Jeff Scott Soto
Iím a huge fan of Jeff Scott Soto going all the way back to the
Malmsteen days, through Talisman to his solo work, I forgive him for the
Journey interlude and commiserate on the way he was treated by Mr Schon
and co. Iíve seen the man
live more in the last 8 years than some bands who have been playing
since the 80ís. The last time being at Firefest 5 where he
previewed a couple of tracks from this new CD 'Beautiful Mess'.
I did feel that performance was not a patch on previous shows and
actually walked away from the main hall thinking the new CD would be a
here I am eating my words, because after listening to 'Beautiful Mess' I
have to say Jeff Scott Soto has come up with an eclectic mix of tunes
all based around his soul/funk influences and it ainít a mess, just
beautiful. If you were
expecting hard rock or power metal, please exit the building.
heaviest the album gets is opener '21st Century' with some
Audioslave / Extreme style riffing.
Jeff Scott Soto has come up with some of his best work lyrically
on here. Songs like 'Cry Me A River' (think Seal), 'Gin &
Tonic Sky', 'Our Song', 'Eye' and 'Hey' show his maturity and mix funk,
pop, R íní B and rock to bring the listener a 'Beautiful Mess'.
The production and mix are also another notch up from previous
efforts and the musicianship is quality.
This is a great album and I enjoy listening to it, great background music when working round the house, but I have my doubts as to whether the songs on here work live. In the meantime, open yourselves to the new Jeff Scott Soto.
Review by: Brassy
1. 21st Century
2. Cry Me A River
3. Gin & Tonic Sky
5. Broken Man
7. Our Song
9. Bring It Home
11. Wherever U Wonna Go
12. Kick It
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