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CD REVIEW: Drew Barrett - Drew Barrett
By Ben Ohmart - 05/21/2007 - 10:34 AM EDT

Artist: Drew Barrett
Genre: Rock
CD Review:
I have heard it said that in order to make it as a new artist today the no. 1 rule is: don't sound like anyone else. Several people have vigorously proclaimed this to be the do or die of making it. Drew has nothing to worry about. He looks like Tom Petty, but doesn't sound like the guy. In fact, no two songs here sound alike, so I'm at a loss of who to compare him to.

Imagine 51 minutes of rock with a lite blues base. 'City of Sin' kicks it off, with its heavy bass. The orchestration is good here, the kind I like: you don't get the entire sound all at once. Something is held back for later. That's the way to do it.

'Soldier Song' is hefty on the guitar, and vocals like the good kinda hard rock. This one will be wasted on you during the day, so wait until the Dark part of night, and jam.

'Judicial Breakdown'. There's something so cool about this song, I'm just not sure what. The equivalent to opening the freezer door and just standing there while the music and thick frosty air waves over you.

I'd recommend this one to anyone who prays to The Guitar. A 50 minute effort that rocks on.

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