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Tim Houlihan

Anthems

Review by Gary Hill

Blending blues, folk, rock and more, this lands pretty well in the territory of Americana. It’s a classy set with some great moments. There is even some jazz built into the disc at points. In fact, one song is full jazz.

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Track by Track Review
Washington Square

There are some great instrumental melodies on this song. It’s very much a folk rock meets soft rock kind of number. It’s catchy and effective, timeless and classy.

Thinking about You
Although similar in style to the opener, this one is a lot more country based. It’s an even stronger cut, as far as I’m concerned.
No Reason
The magic is severely ramped up here. This has more of a blues rock vibe to it. I love both the guitar soloing and the vocal delivery. The song is just plain classy.
In the Sun
Acoustic based, this has some bongos in the backdrop. The duet of male and female vocals is great, and so is the horn playing. The song is part folk, part jazz and all good. It’s a bit understated, but one of the highlights.
Who You Gonna Know
Folk, blues and rock all merge on this fast paced number. It’s a strong one for sure.
Aljezur Sunrise
This instrumental is very much a jazz piece. It’s also pretty.
Those Who Discovered the World
With world music in the mix, this is pure folk.
One and the Other
An energetic folk rocker, this doesn’t break any molds, but it’s effective.
Wisdom Tree
Mellow and intricate, this folk song is so beautiful.
Gravity
Fast paced and catchy, this is folk rock at its best.
You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go
A mellower folk song, this makes good use of both the acoustic guitar and the duet of male and female vocals.
Cold Turkey on the Neighborhood
Acoustic blues is the idea on the start of this. I love the slide guitar. As it powers out, it shifts more towards some smoking hot country music.
Midnight out Here
This pretty song is mellow. It’s basically a soft rock or folk ballad. It’s a great number. I’m just not sure it’s the best choice for an album closer.
 
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