Chuck Brown's spot on myspace hints that Chuck Brown offers up Southern rock and blues, so I was hoping for some guitar-driven music, with a ton of grit and gravel.
Well the CD is called Rough Stuff, but that's about as Rough as this Alberta singer gets. This is blues rock, but of a more poppish lilt. Songs such as Good Ta See Ya! and Love That Lives are examples of Southern rock that doesn't rock. It barely rolls.
This is a CD which fails to live up to the expectations of the expected genre, and really never finds a way to shift down into bull low and really deliver.
Brown does have a nice voice, but maybe that too is a problem. Blues often is best with a song with some edge, warts and flaws.
It seems Brown might be caught between a desire to be a bluesman, and a voice and style that is soft rock driven. The result he is neither, and this CD is left drifting between the worlds of soft rock and blues, two genres which never have much chance of coming together well.
Brown has the tools, he just needs to find a better project to use them on.
Check Brown out at www.myspace.com/chuckbrownband
-- CALVIN DANIELS
-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper Nov 21, 2007 - Yorkton, SK. Canada