Guitarist Steve Oliver’s vocal abilities are apparent to those lucky enough to have seen him live or grooved to his previous three CDs. Although onstag-e he scats energetically, and even occasionally offers a riotously dead-on trumpet impression, his CDs find him more subdued. On his new CD Oliver places even more emphasis on his vocals, which is a smart move. He has a pretty and crisp acoustic-guitar sound, but then so does every other Tom, Dick, Earl (Klugh), Peter (White) and Russ (Freeman) in contemporary instrumental music. The combination of feel-good sounds and inspired vocalese add to Oliver’s unabashed musical positivism, that’s determined to make listeners feel good.
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