If the music industry is just, then Hughes is going to have a bright future and I can’t wait to see what he does next." Josh Davis Lost In Reviews Solve this musical equation: Add rap, alt-country, reggae, turntables, and a Dave-Matthews-meets-Hootie croon. What do you get? You’d think it would be something close to a train wreck in front of a dance bar in Kansas by a road that leads to Jamaica. It’s not. The actual solution to the equation is Clay Hughes’ new album, “Burn.” Clay Hughes, a musician from Kansas City with comparisons to Sublime, Jack Johnson, and Citizen Cope, has a vast supply of tools in his musical tool belt.
He showcases each with his varying styles on “Burn”. Clay teams up with a host of guest artists that drives the album, giving it swing, twang, and flow all at once. “The Truth” (track 2), features OKC rapper, Jabee, who contrasts the comfort of Clay’s voice with sharp lyrics that cover war, politics, society, and relationships. Wait 2:40, and you’ll hear the southern slide of the lap steel guitar and Lennon Bone's (Ha Ha Tonka) precocious percussion on “Pointless.” “Burn” continues in this unpredicted fashion, and its shining moments include “Some People,” with a combination of whistling, clapping, and a smooth reggae groove and “Passing Through” with liberating sounds of the banjo, trumpet, and singing high-hat. “Burn” peaks late with “Sunday Stroll,” the most rockingest song on the album, and closes with a southern sound and smooth, clear vocals on “Take Me Home.” Though the genres seem to differ from track to track, “Burn”s strikingly cohesive elements are Clay’s crooning and the graceful incorporation of talented musicians.
These elements form the theory behind the “Burn” equation, and it makes finding the complex solution utterly enjoyable. Kristin Russell Station Manager KSDB-FM, The Wildcat 91.9 www.wildcat919.com Kansas State University Manhattan, KS Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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