By Graeme Stanton
Apparently our very own leedsmusicscene has once called Graeme "The next David Gray"... who said that? Have they listened to David Gray? Have they listened to Graeme Stanton for that matter? Yes they both play acoustic guitars, yes they are both singer songwriters, and yes they are both men, but that is where it ends.
Graeme Stanton is an outstanding musician and has a songwriting talent that is worth listening out for - a David Gray he is not, but a great many other people he is! There are so many influences I am detecting while listening to this CD that I could just write a long list and to hell with the review. Some of those most apparent are the likes of the Beatles (which is good), Simon & Garfunkle (which is nice); early Billy Joel (which is ok), The Trash Can Sinatras (which is unheard of) and Del Amitri (which is a pity).
Graeme is particularly adept at penning some very accomplished songs (but not at sending me a track list! doh!) so I shall say that title track "I'm Not Perfect" is by far one of the strongest for its complete pop sensibilities. But track 4 sees Graeme have a "Bridge Over Troubled Water" moment and for me personally is when he excels, with a style that is not often heard.
The five songs on this CD show a mature and well-rounded craftsman at work. Perhaps Graeme's only failing is that at times it is all a little too straight and you could quite believe these songs were all cover versions - meaning the quality shines through but not always the soul. If he could add that necessary grit and darken down some of the poppier moments for some soul searching then there would be no need for me to make comparisons as Graeme Stanton would be star in his own right.