Bermuda Square Effect Review

“Fine observational lyrical style and guitar intricacy”

Ungodly Hour

The whole musical style of Steve, and accompanying musicians, has changed from laid-back sentiment to a more driving and groove-ridden feeling. The variety in the tracks is much wider now, yet the fine observational lyrical style and guitar intricacy is still there. Steve has brought on his lyrics, and packed the music with a brimming amount of energy to give a bit more punch to his tunes.

Steve (and band) has created a strong and varied album. The musical style is more varied, including acoustic, reggae, country, blues and rock’n’roll.

Compared to his previous album, Boy On A Beach, the tracks possess a strong sound, owed to the fine rhythm accompaniments and use of electri guitar, but retain the down-to-earth lyrics and ‘real, honest’ singing voice. The style is still sufficiently in keeping with Steve’s previous album, so would not sit awkwardly when played back-to-back, something you may well find yourself doing!

Boy on a Beach

Featuring a very laid-back, intricate backbone, the album captures a sentimental vibe without the sickly sweet lack of sincerity that some albums in this genre can adopt. The lyrical style conjures an image of an experienced gent, passing on his knowledge, feelings and advice to those who will listen. The album is no solo guitar affair, as there are a group of musicians lending their support to the musical cause, whom are credited on the back of the album cover. The album has been mastered to a fine standard, as the balance of the various contributing musical pieces is as fine as any professional shop-standard compact disc.

The album hangs together very well and manages to convert everday occurences into very respectful songs. The vocal style is very real, no fancy warbling or over-processing, just good honest singing. That in itself makes it something of a rarity in these digital-tweaking times.

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