Singer-songwriter Jake Aaron's recordings show an artist who likes to embrace the imperfections, preferring his band to deliver authentic sounding acoustic music, warts and all. But while we appreciate this pursuit, there are times, as in "Morning Town," where the raspy-voiced artist and his band sound downright messy, frustrating the listener's ability to enjoy his poetic lyrics. A pair of instrumentals ("New Mexico" and "Give Me Your Horse") fare a bit better, showcasing nimble musicianship by each band member. The latter tune, with its retro jazz-pop vibe, Booker T & the MGs-style organ, and an engaging trumpet solo, cold be a candidate for inclusion on a film/TV soundtrack.
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