Mark McKay

Nothing Personal

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Dark acoustic rock can be incredibly engaging and sad when done right, and at times Mark McKay manages to pull it off. On Nothing Personal, he strikes a pleasant balance between the tunefulness of Freedy Johnston and the open sound of Matthew Sweet. His endearing, pleasant voice is memorable, and he manages to write some fairly memorable songs. Rockers like "Ninety Miles" sound like classic Giant Sand with the honky tonk guitars and McKay's straining vocals. Yet he can turn it around and play beautiful ballads like "Morning in Her Eyes," a sweet tribute to the girl he loves. This is a genre that has so much potential for bad that it is refreshing to hear an artist who understands how to craft memorable, interesting songs. Fans of the singer/songwriter brand of alternative will probably enjoy this album very much; this is a very likable album.

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