Light & Blood

Light & Blood

by Bret Mosley
     
 

Texas-born, Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter Bret Mosley makes his debut with the solid roots rock Americana of Light & Blood. Recorded live in the studio in Woodstock, NY, this is a near-solo album with only occasional bass, electric guitar, and pedal steel accents, plus several songs' worth of harmonica accompanying Mosley's vocals, Dobro, and stompboard.…  See more details below

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Texas-born, Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter Bret Mosley makes his debut with the solid roots rock Americana of Light & Blood. Recorded live in the studio in Woodstock, NY, this is a near-solo album with only occasional bass, electric guitar, and pedal steel accents, plus several songs' worth of harmonica accompanying Mosley's vocals, Dobro, and stompboard. Mosley has a nicely understated voice, and doesn't overplay the gruffness that gives his vocals their character. Similarly, he's an admirably non-flashy guitarist, even though he's working in a style that has made many lesser musicians attempt to channel their inner Taj Mahal; in this austere context, the Mark Knopfler-like electric guitar figures that decorate Mosley's groove-oriented rhythm playing on "Run It Again" sound so superfluous as to verge on actively irritating. The drawback of this lack of ornamentation is that over the course of ten fairly lengthy songs, it becomes clear that Mosley is a talented but somewhat limited singer/songwriter whose songs tend to sound rather alike. In smaller doses, however, Light & Blood is a promising if not entirely successful debut.

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Release Date:
11/20/2007
Label:
Cd Baby
UPC:
0837101433860
catalogNumber:
5637233890
Rank:
347269

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