Wednesday, February 27, 2013
MUSIC REVIEW OF THE DAY: WILLY MASON - CARRY ON
I guess it answers the previously-unasked question, 'what would it sound like if Daniel Lanois produced Townes Van Zandt?' It's not as absurd as it sounds. Mason's songs, at their acoustic core, could fit well in Texas, and his no-nonsense, rich lyrics are direct and emotional. There's a sadness for sure, helped along by his weary voice. He sounds twice his age, and a bit worse for wear. Add in the beats and effects, and it's all a little more dark, claustrophobic at times, lost in others.
It doesn't all work, and at times the electro-beats wear on your patience, and a little variety might have brought more light to the affair. But when it works, which is most of the time, there are some memorable cuts. Shadows In The Dark is a lost Dire Straits track, with Peter Gabriel's ambience. And Restless Fugitive has a funky bass line, great echo-drenched guitar, and a hypnotic beat. Townes Van Lanois would be proud.