Greg Wyard

The First

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The debut album by this Canadian indie artist relies more on groove than on song structure at times. Although lyrically strong, songs such as Let Down You Hair hark back to a rhythm and blues or soul format, leaving listeners torn between pop melodies and extended guitar performances. Aside from a brief instrumental, the ten songs of love gone good and also bad stick to a blueprint of sweet roots rock. From the opening pop of "Nothing Left to the Imagination" to the closing "No Parking," the musicianship is tight as a drum, which complements the brief jam guitar interludes at times. Wyard's vocals are eerie in their range and pitch sameness as fellow Canadians Odds. Most of Wyard's recent musical influences compose most of the songs, meaning the album tends to be a bit safe. Nonetheless, a very credible debut.

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