Stephen Sebastian - Play

Published Thursday 11th August 2005
Stephen Sebastian - Play
Stephen Sebastian - Play

RATING 4 4 4 4
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 12667-1972
LABEL: Independent

Reviewed by Peter Dilley

Not the first album I've reviewed from a multi-instrumentalist with his own studio/recording set-up, and probably not the last. Predominantly a singer/guitarist, Stephen Sebastian sent Cross Rhythms his solo opus all the way from Marietta, Georgia, USA, which shows a certain determination to get his songs heard. Describing 'Play' as a "stripped-down, organic-sounding project," he shuns polished production to the extent that it seems pretty rough and ready in places - it's definitely comes across more like a demo-type CD than what I'd expect from a finished product. Once I became accustomed to that as a given, I became more sympathetic on the second listening, as a result of which I'm not without a modicum of respect for the guy. Whilst Stephen's guitar soloing owes much to George Harrison, the songwriting is strongly REM-influenced, both in style and attitude, and there are a few simple blues numbers too. Overall it's not a bad mixture for a basic rock sound. And basic is definitely what you get.

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