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Reviewed by Amanda Mills

David C Russell: In-a World

Reviewed by Amanda Mills

David C Russell: In-a World

A collection of mostly acoustic-based blues-rock songs that Aucklander David C Russell has worked on for some time, this debut album was recorded in Auckland with the assistance (mixing, engineering, and mastering) of Jesse Wilde. He has brought the acoustic guitar to the front of the overall sound, emphasising the singer/songwriter aspect of Russell’s music. The acknowledged influence of John Lennon is blatantly clear in his vocal style and phrasing, though Russell’s slightly abrasive voice doesn’t have the same melodic appeal. While the album stays in mid-tempo for much of the album and relies mostly on acoustic guitar (and drums), it picks up the pace on the raw Incomplete Tomorrow. A personal project, ‘In-A World’ is itself raw and perhaps incomplete, but there is no denying the impassioned performances from Russell.