Right away (on the energetic “All or Nothing”) Chicago-area singer-songwriter Noah Gabriel shows his infectious confidence as a singer and musician. His ability to draw color, texture and emotion from his voice and acoustic guitar is impressive, even on these demo-quality recordings. Next, the downcast “Wake the Dead” is even better, with its agile guitar and a very cool instrumental arrangement, plus a backup voice that adds a nice touch. On the poignant “Wonder Boy” we admire the time changes between the verses and the instrumental bridges (“You’re like lightning,” he tells a crying infant, “you don’t need the rain.”). We hope these songs will receive the full production treatment they deserve.
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