Sounds Like This

Sounds Like This

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by Eric Hutchinson
     
 

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Eric Hutchinson was supposed to be made a star by Madonna, or at least by her label, but after Maverick went bullet-bra-up in 2005 and Hutchinson went back to self-releasing his own albums, it turned out that all he needed was one prominent blogger on his side. After Perez Hilton waxed rhapsodic about Hutchinson's Sounds Like This on

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Eric Hutchinson was supposed to be made a star by Madonna, or at least by her label, but after Maverick went bullet-bra-up in 2005 and Hutchinson went back to self-releasing his own albums, it turned out that all he needed was one prominent blogger on his side. After Perez Hilton waxed rhapsodic about Hutchinson's Sounds Like This on his celeb gossip blog in the summer of 2007, the Virginia-born, L.A.-based singer/songwriter suddenly shot into the digital charts. It helps immensely that Hutchinson's third album is leaps and bounds beyond his previous two, That Could've Gone Better and the live EP ...Before I Sold Out: from the frisky piano-driven opener "OK, It's Alright with Me" onwards, Sounds Like This is a well-produced, cleverly arranged, and immensely catchy batch of AAA singer/songwriter pop songs. On the live EP, "Outside Villanova" sounded like the sort of faux-reggae soft rock fluff that Rupert Holmes might have released as a follow-up to "Escape (The Piña Colada Song)," but in its full-band version, the kitsch aspects of the song are transformed into something closer to Ben Folds Five. Overall, the general air of "sensitive guy with an acoustic guitar" endemic to this brand of singer/songwriter pop is neatly balanced with a sense of playfulness and a knack for quirky arrangement choices that keep the songs from merely dissipating in the air between speakers and ears. Sounds Like This will sound great on the in-house stereo at your local Starbucks, of course, but there's more to it than that.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/20/2008
Label:
Warner Bros / Wea
UPC:
0093624987208
catalogNumber:
460412
Rank:
5417

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Eric Hutchinson   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals,Moog Bass
Jerry Deupree   Drums
Billy Hulting   Conga
Deron Johnson   Synthesizer,Piano,Wurlitzer,Soloist
James Kirkland   Track Performer
Paul Q. Kolderie   Electric Sitar
Gary Novak   Drums
Jamie Wollam   Drums
Chris Chaney   Bass
Mike Armstrong   Saxophone,Soloist
Dave Yaden   Clavinet
Robert Cappadona   Track Performer
Will Golden   Guitar,Percussion,Harmonium,Hammond Organ,Xylophone,Vibes

Technical Credits

Paul Q. Kolderie   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Mike Terry   Engineer
Adam Taylor   Engineer
Eric Hutchinson   Composer,Liner Notes
Will Golden   Producer,drum programming

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Sounds Like This 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Allen_Stalker More than 1 year ago
Eric is a great performer, and his music is fun to listen to. I have seen him live a few times and he's a blast. It's a mix of upbeat music, with some slow songs as well. "Rock n' Roll," is by far his most famous song, but all of the others are great. This album is definitely worth checking out. And for $10 you can't beat it. You won't be disappointed!
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