Tuned In To Music

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Review: Catfish Haven – Please Come Back

Lead singer and guitar player George Hunter wants very much to sing like great soul singers such as Otis Redding, Rufus Thomas and Wilson Picket.  He doesn’t make it, of course, but he give it a good try.  He has captured some of the phrasing but sings like he has yet to live the life that would invest these songs with more than just technique.  His guitar playing is another matter.  It’s elementary at best, a problem shared by the bass player and drummer as well.  There have been many bands who have electrified audiences and rocked the genre even though the musicians could barely play their instruments.  Think The Sex Pistols and The Ramones.  That’s not the case here.  These guys sound like they got their first instruments about six months ago.   Hunter has potential as a vocalist but he needs to either give up the guitar or learn how to play it and he needs a band with more than a rudimentary grasp of their instruments.  If Hunter lives up to his potential Please Come Back may have interest as “here’s where he started” album but as of now it’s too amateurish to be worth the time spent listening.

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01/25/2007 - Posted by | CD reviews, music

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