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CD REVIEW: Rod Sebastian – “the cheshire chronicles”
By Stacey Board - 10/20/2003 - 07:13 PM EDT

Artist: Rod Sebastian
Album: “the cheshire chronicles”
CD Review: There are many good things about this CD. I think Sebastian has a good sense of melody and hook. His songwriting reminds me of Springsteen and Hootie and the Blowfish. It has somewhat of a no-nonsense blue-collar style. Although these are not ‘factory’ songs. The subject matter ranges from love, loss, Las Vegas and walking on water.

Sebastian has certainly assembled some really great players. They all do a find job of playing without making the CD sound over-produced or shlocky. The arrangement is guitars bass and drums, and all the musicians play very well.

Sebastian also has a fine singing voice but its in his singing style where I find my gripe. Sometimes in my opinion there is a little too much emoting going on and it is just a bias of mine to be turned off by that. I feel the same way when Jewel or anyone does it, and it just distracts me from the song.

But that's only my personal taste, and if you like music like Hootie and the Blowfish with a little more rocking guitars, then you will be a fan of this CD.

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