By Nathan Maxwell
This is the debut EP from New York resident Nathan Maxwell and a slickly put together affair it is too. A crisp and clearly produced disc with 4 country blues tinged tracks that were cut in just a day. Maxwell has a distinct country lilt to it but combines well with the smooth piano and harmonica on 'Brooklyn Bound' to give a smoky blues bar stain on proceedings. I can't warm to the vocals though, it sounds like the cliche sound of any band you find in the backdrop of a bar scene of film set in the Southern states of America. There's just no real distinction to it that at any point could take your breath away, it's just too ordinary.
The songs themselves are well constructed but the overall sum of the parts is that this is just too sickly sweet. 'What It Means (To Be In Love With You)' could be great song with someone like Darius Rucker, Jeff Tweedy or even Dave Matthews really singing the shit out of it. Fans of plain old Country and Blues might find something to enjoy here but those looking for something special may be left feeling a little let down.