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Stephen Bruton
From The Five
New West Records
www.stephenbruton.com


For decades, Stephen Bruton has written some amazing songs and produced some classic records while holding down his career as Bonnie Raitt's guitar slinger. He's best known for working his particular magic, making the music of others sound as good as he manages… but there is far more to Bruton, and on From The Five, his fifth solo outing, the man makes this point exceedingly clear.

From the opening acoustic moments of the first track, a blues heavy rocking track called "Bigger Wheel", Bruton seems to light up the stereo speakers with his unique voice. "Bigger Wheel" would fit nicely into anyone's collection, being made up of a jumpy drumbeat, great dueling guitar lines, and a memorable and highly melodic chorus. "This Old World" keeps the energy up, and adds in a message to the mix, reminding us that "This old world needs love". Bruton slows things down for tracks like the beautifully melancholy story of "Fading Man" and the sonic glory of the brilliant slow-beat "Every Once In A While". Nowhere does the social and political conscience of the modern songwriter come to the front than on a song like "The Clock", where Bruton espouses his views so poetically and true:"Now the forest is ablazing/ casts a shroud around the sun/ homeless children just begging for a crumb/ no one's losing sleep/ they're having too much fun/ oblivious to oblivion."

While it is quite obvious that Stephen Bruton is a phenomenal guitar player, where From The Five really makes a shine is in the songwriting. Each of these songs showcases a little different piece of his talent, and each and every one of them contains its own bit of brilliance. "The devil's in the details/ with his slight of hand so quick/ he makes time seem like a trick…"

-Embo Blake

Track Listing:
1. Bigger Wheel
2. This Old World
3. Walk By Faith
4. Fading Man
5. Every Once In A While
6. The Clock
7. Treasured Wounds
8. Put Me Out Of Your Misery
9. The Halo Effect
10. That Moment When
11. Ordinary Man
12. In The Wind


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