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Reviewed by Stu Edwards

Aaron Dutton: When The Wells Run Dry

Reviewed by Stu Edwards

Aaron Dutton: When The Wells Run Dry

Christchurch songsmith Aaron Dutton cuts a clear and inspired line with the delivery of his debut album, a confident collection of well recorded tracks. With a hint of country, inspired lyrical direction and plenty of rocking folk, these 10 songs are well chosen and work well together. Dutton’s storylines draw you in, and with only a little hint of Kiwi in the delivery the songs keep you guessing on the origins of the artist. The Men Who Cut The Deals and the title track are confident highlights. Amongst the ballads and brooding moments, Black Gold Mine breaks up the playlist nicely with its reflective lyrics and effervescent instrumentation. His disregard of conventional lyric rhyme schemes throughout is intriguing but somehow it works. The choice to release exclusively online to iTunes and Spotify demonstrates Dutton is in touch with his target audience and deserves any click-throughs that this approach generates.