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Circles by Pete McGann

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Reviewed on 16th June 2006.



By Pete McGann

When listening to singer/songwriter Pete McGann, it's clear that he doesn't want to be pigeonholed into any particular genre. Jazz, Latin and Rock styles are all evident, along with the kind of folk feel that Van Morrison offers.

Pete McGann has created nine melodic tracks that, on a whole, are very entertaining. 'When will I be a man', 'On the border', 'Don't ask why' and 'Circles' are the songs that shine the most. All four are beautiful laidback acoustic songs that also highlight Pete's excellent guitar playing.

'Obsession' is very interesting bass and vocal only track. The Queen style synthesized harmonies provide the extra interest, along with an aggressive groove. 'Heart on fire' follows a similar theme, but with a Latin-jazz feel.

Providing more variation 'Spirit of the race' and 'We don't talk about it' could be classed as typical rock ballads. While still of a high quality, they don't quite fit that well with the style first six tracks. While the final song 'Rain man', is the weakest song on the album.

Pete McGann is the sole performer on all the tracks with the aid of technology. At times this works very well, especially with the vocal harmonies. But when the technology is used to create some of the instruments, such as the strings, it can feel disjointed. It would be interesting to see how the songs would differ if Pete McGann was accompanied by live musicians.

The way the album has been constructed is very interesting and does have a lovely relaxing feel. The album really is worth a listen. If Pete McGann could create a full album of the standard of the first six tracks then he really could make a name for himself.



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