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Reviewed by Stu Edwards

Jesse Wilde & The Drive: Ghost Town Road EP

Reviewed by Stu Edwards

Jesse Wilde & The Drive: Ghost Town Road EP

An experienced country rock artist and producer, Jesse Wilde ’s pilgrimage to the USA very clearly inspired and guided the creation of his 26-minute EP. Replete with influence from his musical heroes, Wilde channels artists such as Steve Earle, Bob Seger and John Cougar Mellencamp – before he condensed the name. The American twang to the vocals is soon accepted as part of the package as The Drive deliver quality accompaniments back to back, with great authenticity. The engaging narrative and inventive rhythmic accents of Ghost Town Road give the playlist an enthusiastic fresh start. Juliet’s Fallen tells a catchy tale of hopeful despair, and is laden with producer Stephen Small’s animated piano playing. Magdalyn’s relentless and effervescent groove is nothing short of engrossing and should be first stop to a new listener. Recorded and mixed by Tom Healy, the songs are crafted with class and together make up a sum greater than the individual parts. Wilde’s songwriting portrays confidence and in tandem with Small he can be proud of this six-track package.

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