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Jas Patrick

Inky Ovine

Review by Gary Hill

This album is really a great ride. It varies sound a lot from start to finish. Yet, the quality is consistent. Bluesy rock is perhaps the most obvious comparison, but this has things like jazz, progressive rock and more in the mix. If you like hard rock with a vintage (yet fresh) sound and great guitar, give this a try. You won’t be disappointed.

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Track by Track Review
Harpy

This killer hard rocking bluesy number makes me think a lot of Cream. The vocals are different than that comparison might convey, but this scorcher really feels like the old Clapton, Bruce and Baker act. That’s a great thing as far as I’m concerned.

Party Line (Classified)
Starting on acoustic guitar, this melodic rocker has a lot of straightforward rock. It’s also got some progressive rock and jazz elements. It’s a great tune start to finish. It has some seriously hard rocking moments as it draws toward its close.
Inky Ovine
With Latin elements and funk in the mix, this also feels a bit like reggae. It’s a classic sounding tune that’s quite strong. It also continues the trend of changing the format from piece to piece. Yet, the quality remains steady.
Little Bug
This is based more on mainstream 70s rock merged with folk sounds and jam band music. It really feels timeless and has some great musical moments throughout the duration.
Didn't Ask
An energetic cut, this has an intriguing blend of sounds. There are elements of country music here, but it wouldn’t be out of the realm of reality to consider this progressive rock. Yet it’s got a lot of folk in the mix, too. The vocals bring some of those blues elements, too. I love the fact that this seems to be walking a fence between a lot of styles. I’m even more impressed with how this sounds. It might be my favorite song of the set. Given the competition, that says a lot. To bring up another Eric Clapton band, some of the later parts make me think of Derek and the Dominoes quite a bit.
Snow Day
And, this one almost makes me think of Clapton’s solo career a bit. There is some of that Derek and the Dominoes vibe here, too, though. This is a great classic rock styled piece with a soulful edge and some jazz in the mix.
 
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