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Dave Vargo

Burning Through

Review by Gary Hill

This is a very accessible release. It's music lands mostly in the range of singer/songwriter stuff. The mix of rocking and mellower cuts is good. There isn't a bad song here. This is the kind of thing that should appeal to a wide range of music fans, really.
 
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Track by Track Review
Come Take Me Home

This cut is built on an effective soft rock sound with a bit of soulful touch to it. The chorus is so classy and catchy. This is pop rock at its finest.

Good Enough
Stylistically this isn't a huge change. Instead it's another classy slab of pop music. There is quite a bit of Americana and even some country sewn into this tapestry. I suppose more than anything else, it's singer songwriter oriented.
Choose
There are some hints of jazz in the guitar sounds on this tune. The guitar soloing, though, brings more Americana. Overall, this is another classy number in the same general territory.
Wishing on a Star
This a mellow ballad that's quite accessible and effective.
Finding My Way To You
A bit more of a rocker, I really love the guitar solo mid-track on this cut.
Too Young To Be Broken
Another mellow tune, this is some great intricate acoustic guitar soloing here.
Waiting
Although this still lands in the slower, mellow side of things, it's a bit more powered up than the last couple tunes. It's another accessible number.
Right Now
A catchy melodic rocker, this is great stuff.
Twisted And Bent
Here we get another particularly mellow musical excursion.
Don't Think Twice
A bit more of a rocker, I like the bass line backing this tune quite a bit. It lends some magic. The whole song works really well, though. The instrumental section on this is very jazzy.
Pieces of My Heart
This rocker is one of the cooler cuts here. It has a lot of classic rock and perhaps even some progressive rock elements at play.
 
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