Some talented artists, in pursuit of an authentic, non-commercial edge, can take it a bit too far, and that seems to describe artist Tracy Bryant whose catchy alt-rock tunes are spare, stripped down and performed with spot-on skill. However, pursuing recordings that have such a lo-fi edge undermines Bryant's songs: too often we cannot decipher his no-frills indie-style vocals. We like "Bury Me" with its basic guitar chords and retro organ parts. But the call-and-response vocal setup (where Bryant alternates with an echoed female) doesn't quite gel with the rest of the song's mix. Same problem on "Nightmare" and "The Fool," though at their roots both songs have an undeniable appeal.
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