Monday, February 21, 2011

Review -- PETE VAN DYK & THE SECOND HAND BAND -- Self-Titled

SELF-TITLED
Pete Van Dyk & the Second Hand Band
Indie
6.5-out-of-10

Pete Van Dyk also appeared at 5th Avenue Cup & Saucer Oct. 6, and he could learn a few live performance tricks from tour partner Zachary Aasman.
Whereas Aasman toned back his guitar to afford listeners easy access to his vocals, Van Dyk kept the guitar amped up, and that often buried his vocals.
That of course is not a problem on the self-titled CD, where the mixing can keep the vocals and instrumentation in balance.
Of course comparing Van Dyk’s live and CD performance is not a direct comparison since the disk has him backed by The Second Hand Band, whereas life he went it alone.
The disk gives a far better representation of Van Dyk’s music which while folk-based, has a broader feel to it.
The musician himself likes the recording, his first.
“I’m quite happy with the CD, it offers a good representation of our styles from folk, to blues to country to rock with even a bit of soul/gospel,” he said.
There are certainly some good cuts here, Tryin’ to Get Away from the Law arguably the best of the bunch, although Van Dyk himself suggested his personal favourite is Evangeline.
Overall a nice effort which is actually better than his live effort, which is somewhat an exception to the rule.
Check it out at www.petevandyk.com
— CALVIN DANIELS
-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper Oct 27, 2010 - Yorkton, SK. Canada

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