Singer-songwriter Skender Beck is humming on all cyclinders on his recordings, with really cool song concepts and an obvious ability to turn them into highly polished works. And let’s not forget to point out that his backing musicians are terrific. These dudes sound totally dialed in to each song, especially the drummer, who really smacks. And while Beck’s lead vocal on “Good Times” is effectively deep and mellow, it didn’t prepare us for how impressive he sounds at the upper area of his range on “Stop”––so emotive––and his guitar really soars. Finally, “Gone” packs real emotion (“I can fight you no more”) and makes us believe that this artist’s music would enhance a film or TV soundtrack.
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