Saturday, August 11, 2012

Scott Grant: Gemini

By Lee Waites

Scott Grant currently hails from Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Gemini was recorded, produced and engineered at Wild Honey recording in Birmingham, mastered by Denial Recording Labs in Los Angeles, CA.    

Gemini fits somewhere in the psychedelic/70s rock zone. It's clean and crisp with a very well produced sound, spread out,  properly layered and complex, ranging high without a deep bass tone. It makes me want to take a ride in my jacked up Charger, arm out the window, cruising the strip (sans the drive by shootings of today).

I won't go song for song, but there is a slight variation swinging in by "Beautiful," the fourth track on the album. It begins to shift into less of a 70s tribute album, transforming into something, well...more personal. Overall the album remains reminiscent of 70s pop rock, love songs and ballads, though it does have a more mature quality than your average offering from that era.

"Song for You" is the only song I felt out of place on the album, tending slightly toward 90s trendy neo-folk rock, not exhibiting the intricacies or production depth found everywhere else on the album. The void was present in the background and the overall feel was different. Not that its a bad song by any means. And this is an overly intricate and picky observation perhaps.      

But the next track "Nevermind" with its clean guitar licks and upbeat vocals brings it back around. And "Memorial," after that, drops in a slight jazz beat and feel that keeps the flow of the album interesting and rewarding.              

The last three tracks illustrate the sound stew nature of this album. It's as if Grant is playing with different influences and sounds "Sunshine Serenade" brings to bear Bonham drum beats, softened but undeniable, and pleasantly distorted guitar which melds with what have to be Lenny Kravitz tribute vocals, which themselves are tributes to Jimmy Hendrix, which leads us back to the era of music.

Gemini is a great introduction from Scott Grant. 

Using the tried and true method of judgement of "Do I enjoy listening to it?" I say yes.

In summary, I believe the overall inter-connectivity of the songs is very intentional and well thought out. The album should be listened to in its entirety to get the most out of it, to catch the purposeful layout of sounds. Though stumbling slightly on track seven, the music flows with a smooth progression from beginning to end.

Grant isn't trying to selfishly create a new genre of music. He's playing songs that express himself and provide the listener with joy. Listen for yourself and then you'll know if everything I just said was bullshit or not. That's really the best way to enjoy music.


Scott Grant: Gemini
             

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