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Susan James - Driving toward the sun

4.00
Reviewer :
Ola Gränshagen Format: Album
Release date: 2013-02-19 Year: 2013
Label: Dumplings Music
Genre: Rock
Producer: Ryan Ulyate
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According to the bio, this is the 5th album to date with American SUSAN JAMES. Stylewise it’s not easy to just mention one genre here, but the main part of the album is about country-tinged rock. This is quality and good songs, which is the most important thing.

“Agua Dulce Tears” actually brings a slight VENICE feeling, if you think of their later career. I also need to mention “U-haul in the driveway” with its strong melodic chorus. This song might even be appreciated by fans of lightweight AOR, and rock/AOR with a touch of country. Susan’s voice reminds me a bit of ANNIE LENNOX at times. It’s a nice variation on this CD, with everything from soft tunes to uptempo stuff. Recommended for all fans of lightweight rock with one foot in country.

The production, signed Ryan Ulyate (TOM PETTY, GEORGE HARRISON and others) is really good and the list of musicians includes NEAL CASAL on guitars, the solid drummer JOHN HEFFINGTON and many more. However, only eight songs in total is a far too low number of tunes.

Tracklisting 1. Driving toward the sun

2. Wandering

3. Agua Dulce Tears*

4. U-haul in the driveway*

5. Anniversary

6. House of love

7. Tule fog

8. Mission bells

*Highlights


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