I can start this one with a big Wow, on the lead cut Sooner Or Later. A definite five-star effort for Ray Whitton.
While Sooner Or Later, the best cut here, has a soft rock feel, Whitton, who hails from Saskatoon, really crosses genres here.
Love You Off Your Feet may lean toward soft rock, but it would certainly play on most country stations these days too, which really reflects the blurred lines of the music industry today more than being a comment of Whitton's style.
Whitton is simply playing some very nice music here on his debut five-song recording, and the music sort of falls on the borders in terms of which territory it best fits.
As the CD progresses, it is obvious that country/roots is where Whitton is most comfortable, even if the lead cut is softer rock in nature. You hear the country more pronounced on You Were My Angel, and Prairie Fire, a song co-written by Jay Semko is flat out country.
That said the final cut; You're So Gone is back to a softer rock feel.
I can say that in the end you will be wishing for more here. Not more in terms of talent, more in that you will wish Whitton had produced a full CD so you could enjoy more of what he does.
Check him out at www.myspace.com/raywhitton
-- CALVIN DANIELS
-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper May 27, 2009 - Yorkton, SK. Canada