Mark James - Mark James Studio 2

Published Monday 21st September 2015
Mark James - Mark James Studio 2
Mark James - Mark James Studio 2

STYLE: Roots/Acoustic
RATING 5 5 5 5 5
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 158649-23367
LABEL: Independent

Reviewed by Tony Cummings

This Nottingham-based muso isn't to be confused with Marc James of Vineyard UK and Verra Cruz renown. Mark has written, played, sung, produced and engineered all the nine tracks on this album. Considering its ambition it's pretty impressive with Mark offering electro-tinged pop rock on the first cut "We Steal People" followed by a moody slower song "Opinion" and the most acoustic delivered "I Believe In The Lord" all registering. In fact, it's the latter song with its South American-tinge which works best with the too repetitive run out on the opening song and the drum loop doesn't seem to fit "Opinion"'s melody. There's no doubting Mark's versatility ('Studio 2' also features a ukulele and whistling song and a piece of electronica) but to my mind more stylistic focus is needed for 'Studio 2' to be more than simply a talented jack-of-all-trades demonstrating his eclecticism.

The opinions expressed in this article are not necessarily those held by Cross Rhythms. Any expressed views were accurate at the time of publishing but may or may not reflect the views of the individuals concerned at a later date.

Interested in reviewing music? Find out more here.

Be the first to comment on this article

We welcome your opinions but libellous and abusive comments are not allowed.

We are committed to protecting your privacy. By clicking 'Send comment' you consent to Cross Rhythms storing and processing your personal data. For more information about how we care for your data please see our privacy policy.