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More artists should make "Sounds Like This"
on June 15, 2008
It's a shame no one else has reviewed this CD yet. This is a great debut (of sorts) by an up and coming artist. The Amazon description lists Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel and Ben Folds as influences.....among others. I would say all of these are evident in this CD. My favorite song is "You Don't Have To Believe Me", but the entire CD is very solid from beginning to end. It is a little on the short side (not sure of the actual length, but it seems to go by quickly when listening to it), however when a lot of artists make longer albums with a number of filler songs......it is nice to find someone who just put together a bunch of good songs without the filler. If you like Ben Folds, Jason Mraz and others in that genre of music.......along with a good amount of soul(that Stevie Wonder influence), lots of different instruments(all used very well) and some very well-written songs, Eric Hutchinson is for you! I actually like him more than Folds (Hutchinson is a better singer) and Mraz (Jason seems to be lacking something that I can't put my finger on....it may be that "soul" element--he has some good songs, but they get a little stale after awhile for me). I've listened to this CD a number of times and it is still spending a lot of time in my CD player.
A note about my review of 4 stars. I see TONS of 5 star reviews on Amazon, but there can't be THAT many 5 star albums out there. To me, 5 stars needs to be reserved for albums like Kind of Blue, Highway 61 Revisited, The White Album, etc.......albums that could at least be in the discussion for the best of the year if not the best of an era. This is a great CD, but I don't think it will be considered one of the best of the year......one of the best debuts? Maybe........