From California comes an amazing male artist/band known as The Quinn Hedges Band who just released his latest effort “Step Outside” (2012). Hedges is strongly established in that region and this latest release is a collection of 10 amazing songs. I always listen to the opening track extremely carefully. It’s the opening track the artist has selected to hit your ears first and foremost. The opening track “Chemistry” sets the stage perfectly for a CD like this. It was a great intro piece that stuck in my head and had me eager for what lied ahead. All in all the whole CD is brilliantly delivered with a richly woven Alternative Rock Americana-ish textures yet with songs that have a serious popish staying power. Music will remind you of Fleet Foxes, Robin Pecknold, Bob Iver, and Local Natives. The Tallest Man on Earth and Iron & Wine. To be honest I can’t say enough about Hedges and his overall likeability. “Step Outside” captures a pretty straight forward sound but it really grabs the listener right from the get go. Hedges has a sound that favors many male pop artists like Eddie Money but with a gun slinger attitude. I’ve never heard an artist so skillfully combine so many consistent songs into one record. Weather this is by design or simply by accident it’s amazing.
The songs that stuck with me the most were “Chemistry”, ‘Tipsy Pig” and “Searching my Soul.”
My only negative comment — I felt the CD was a little repetitive overall.
If there was one word I would use to describe Hedges it would be consistent. This CD will simply make your day more entertaining, but there is an undeniable passion beneath all this. Hedges is a very capable player behind a six string and the proof is in the picking, but it’s obvious to me his primary goal as an artist is to make this world a better place one song at a time. If that’s sounds corny so be it.
by Mindy McCall edited by Janne Zawa
Official URL: http://quinnhedges.com/
Overall Rating: 5/5
Purchase Link: http://www.cduniverse.com/productinfo.asp?pid=8817492
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