Monday, February 21, 2011

Review -- AARON PRITCHETT -- Thankful

THANKFUL
Aaron Pritchett
OPM Records
8-out-of-10

In the realm of Canadian country there are lots of solid performers, but none rate much higher in terms of solo acts than Aaron Pritchett.
Give a listen to his latest disk Thankful and you will understand why.
This guy just has those smooth-as-silk vocals which make his music special. As they say this guy could sing a grocery list and make it sound good. It’s just that he has a voice made for music.
Surprisingly though it’s not a voice which is memorable in some respects. Often the voices we best remember have a few warts, Waylon, and Johnny Cash coming to mind.
That said, every time you spin this disk you are going to be -- yes Thankful (I had to write it).
There are some interesting takes on familiar themes too. Hell Bent For Buffalo is a love song which revolves around the theme of driving through a snowstorm. A bit out of season right now here, but something we can relate to as well.
The smooth vocals Pritchett offers up so easily does fit the love song, so he does offer up several cuts which track love in different ways, as example the radio-friendly Unraveling.
Speaking of radio, September will get lots of airplay I would think. A nice tune.
The good news here too is that there are no weak spots, and with 13-songs that says something.
Check him out at www.aaron-pritchett.com where he actually has a forums section to allow fans to interact. While forums are widely used on the Internet, it isn’t often musicians and bands use them as a way to connect to fans and allow those fans interaction with each other. A nice bonus which shows Pritchett’s support team is thinking about their followers.
— CALVIN DANIELS
-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper June 16, 2010 - Yorkton, SK. Canada

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