It’s always refreshing when you toss a disk on the player, not sure what to expect. Greg Wood’s full-length debut was like that. The cover is pretty simple, just sort of an art silhouette and the performer’s name. It could as easily be classical guitar, or folk.
However, Wood throws us pure rock. I say pure rock because that’s what it is. This is in the sweet spot between metal and its walls of pounding guitars, and the sugar rush of pop.
Wood plays solid, if not usually inspired guitar, which is the perfect accompaniment to his solid vocal effort. Wood has a clear, resonating voice which really carries the music here.
There isn’t really a soft spot here. Some of the songs though do rise above the norm. I, in particular like Drift Away and its use of acoustic guitar work. It is simple, effective, memorable, all the things you should like in a song.
Bedroom Eyes is another cut where Wood has a winner, although this one has a more electric feel to it. Wake Up follows the same pattern.
Wood, who hails from Alberta, has created a solid album which should draw attention from listeners who will no doubt be watching for whatever comes next.
Check it out at www.gotgregwood.com
— CALVIN DANIELS
-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper Oct. 14, 2009 - Yorkton, SK. Canada