George Koelle

Ready, Steady, Go...

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Reminiscent of early Elliott Smith solo albums, George Koelle's four-track recorded debut is a stripped-down exercise in modern folk-pop. As evidenced by his tendency to sing the same melody line that his guitar carries, Koelle mines similar melodic territory as Smith did in his formative days. Providing the totality of guitar, bass, and drums, Koelle drops country licks over the folky fingerpicking of "Weight of the World" and works a few Lennon-esque chord progressions into "Someday," all the while delivering introspection which is neither overly morose nor mundane. Excellent multi-track harmonies show up on tracks like "Take With You Me" and the Big Star-ish "Safe & Sound," but don't necessarily break new ground in the singer/songwriter genre. An album that plays well from start to finish, Ready, Steady, Go… provides strong evidence of a talent that is nearing full blossom.

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