Tuesday, July 13, 2010

CD Review: Grant Squire Draws "County Lines"

The simpler the better for Connecticut's own Grant Squire. His new album entitled "County Lines" was released back in January and was recorded at the Carriage House in Stamford, CT. His lyrics reflect Bob Dylan, his sound draws a slight comparison to early Billy Joel and his voice at times captures the essence of Kinks' front-man Ray Davies.

The songs on his new album are short and concise. Grant puts the lyrics out front and does not try overpower them with any unnecessary music or solos. His favorite instrument throughout the album is the harmonica which stands out here and there on the songs "One Of A Kind" and "She Won't Be Tamed." The playful vocals of "Round Round Round" are as catchy as anything else out there and the simplicity of the acoustic guitar only adds to the campfire sing along. The atmospheric "'Til You Come Home" puts you in a piano bar as Grant bares his soul to his fans. "Haunted" brings all the elements together to produce one of the best songs on the album.

Grant Squire will be performing at The Space in Hamden, CT on July 16. His new album "County Lines" is available now and can be purchased through his website (www.myspace.com/grantsquire).

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