Singer/songwriter Steve Means may be a transplanted Nashville resident from Cincinnati with a college following, but listening to his debut EP Rescue Me, it would be easy to assume that somewhere in his résumé was a stint at the Berklee School of Music. There isn't, but Means has that Berklee sound in which pop flirts with jazz. The guitar licks are tasty, the rhythm section has a percolating groove, and Means uses his phlegmy tenor to caress his sensitive, romantic lyrics, occasionally jumping into a falsetto note unexpectedly. Younger listeners inevitably will be reminded of Berklee's own John Mayer, while slightly older ones will think of Michael Franks. It's a sophisticated adult pop sound that's pleasing to the ears, but the field may not support another voice so much like those that have gone before (and are still around).
AllMusic Review by William Ruhlmann