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Most of the songs sound like someone else's!
on 30 July 2011
Do you remember the Rutles' Beatles parody, when every song in the film/on the album sounded just like a particular Beatles' song? Well, we have a modern day equivalent. My wife introduced this to me a couple of weeks back and on listening to her favourite track I thought' this song sounds just like `here there and everywhere'. Then I heard another and thought `this sounds just like Bob Dylan's `Just like a woman'. Other songs may strike a chord with fans of Elkie Brooks, Rod Stewart, Stealers's Wheel, Dylan (again),Gladys Knight and.....well, the list is almost as long as the track listing.
If you can get the similarities out of your head it's perfectly reasonable AOR, which sounds for the most part like, given Allen's husky delivery, a cross between Chris Rea, late Rod Stewart and Bryan Adams in mellower mood. Having heard it several times it's not bad, although in this market I think James Blunt writes the better (and more original-sounding) songs