Dutch singer / songwriter Stefan Schill is one of the youngest musicians ever signed by Provogue Records, something you can tell from the cover, where he tries for James Dean and ends up with something out of Twilight. But that's soon forgotten when you start playing the CD, for it is absolutely magnificent. You can hear what get the label excited, as he comes on like a Euro John Mayer, something that won't be to everyones taste, but is guaranteed to gain him wider exposure than your average Bluesman.
Although the music is rooted in the Blues, he's aiming right for the mainstream, with polished edges and smooth melodies, even admitting that though "he will always cherish and play the Blues he also learned to appreciate all the other aspects of music. Blues ain't nothing but a good chapter in the story of music." Something that will alienate some of his potential audience, but it's a chance he's decided to take.
He says he's influenced by people like Prince, The Police, D'Angelo and the Kings Of Leon but, thankfully, it doesn't show as a lot of this album is straight out of the seventies blue eyed soul and Blues world, with songs like 'Take On My Beliefs', 'Game Called Love' and 'Any Direction' absolute delights. When he does take steps into the modern world it does all fall a bit flat, so I won't be returning to 'U Don't Mind' and 'It's Gonna Be Alright' in any great hurry. However, the album is well produced and played, with the splashes of keyboard colour from Bob Fridzema well judged.
For a debut release, it more than does the job, so keep an eye out for young Master Schill.
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