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Reviews - Jason Darling - Vintage Guitar

Jason Darling is a fine singer/songwriter who ruminates on everything from the state of rock and roll ("Hip-Hop Hooray") to tales of lost love ("Broken Ashtray") to drinking too much ("Porcelain Pillow"). His writing style is smart lyrically, and musically it stacks up as a nice mix of folk music and alternative rock. Most of the songs are driven by acoustic guitar, with some really nice slide being added on cuts like "One By One", and the very cool fingerpicked blues of "Ride My Train." The latter cut is an amazing blues piece with only three lines that are surrounded by some very cool playing.

Vocally, Darling sometimes sounds like a lazy folksinger. And I mean that in a good way! At times, he brings to mind Ray Davies of the Kinks.

The CD was recorded at the Lincoln Lounge in Venice, California. I'm not sure if that's an actual lounge, or a clever name for a studio, but either way, the intimate feel of the recording makes it sound like it could easily have been done at a lounge.

All in all, a splendid album. Fans of singer/songwriters will love this.

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