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David Sutton - Album Review: Eternal Memory

03 Jan 2020 // A review by Darryl Baser

Dad, or maybe Granddad, rock is alive and well.

Looking on Bandcamp, Eternal Memory appears to be David Sutton’s 8th release, following titles such as Upside-Down World, Binary, V, 40 and more.

There’s no doubting he’s a talented musician, as he plays and or programs 90% of the instrumentation on Eternal Memory, with a great degree of skill and precision.

His vocal delivery on many of the songs seems to have an ‘in character’ accent, to suit the style of the song. For example, in the opening song Some People, the second song, Gonna Be Alright, and in track 11, Ball and Chain, he sings with a very Mick Jagger-esque trans-Atlantic accent (kind of almost American sounding, as was popular in the 1960's). On the fourth song, Happy Rock Anthem, he’s affecting a ‘go blimey, Gov’nor’ London Cockney accent, think Dave and the Dynamos Life begins at 40 from 1983.

Travelling Light reminds me of a Johnny Cash railways song, especially as for this song Sutton’s singing about an octave below his usual range, and it doesn’t sound all that familiar for him.

The album sounds home recorded, and is well recorded and produced, although for the most part the vocals sound very dry. While I like a crisp under produced sound, a bit of a natural reverb goes a long way to making it sound fully polished.

I know he’s at least 8 releases into his career, but I wonder if he’s found his own songwriting voice, his reason and passion for writing songs.

I’d guess David Sutton’s target audience is 55+ years old.

And the album is released on a CD, which is nice for an older chap like myself.

Rating: ( 3 / 5 )
 

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Releases

Planet B
Year: 2020
Type: Album
Eternal Memory
Year: 2019
Type: Album
Upside-Down World
Year: 2018
Type: Album
Binary
Year: 2017
Type: Album
V
Year: 2016
Type: Album
40
Year: 2014
Type: Album
Cheese
Year: 2013
Type: Album
Mr. Rainbow
Year: 2011
Type: Album
Remember
Year: 2009
Type: Album

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