Maxwell James - Maxwell James
(Independent, Mar 22, 2018)
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Singer songwriter Maxwell James' eponymous debut EP is a high energy collection of songs that you could loosely put into the contemporary Americana slot. Maxwell is a native of Nashville, TN, where it sounds like he belongs.
His verison of country/Americana is infused with a funky rhythmic heart in Roll Down Your Window Slowly. It revolves around a driving beat, with an inventive sense of instrumentation and phrasing to add to the effect.
Feed My Evolution is slow yet relentless, with a rising and falling tension that drives the song. Growling guitars contrast with churchy organ chords. Maxwell's tenor has a nicely raspy edge that gives it character.
What can I say when I know that I'll be wrong?His lyrics are clever, giving country a poetic makeover with an ironic sense of humour in The More You Say; The Less I Know. The tracks offer a variety of styles and genres, including the rootsy Blatantly and a slow country waltz in When It's Real.
1. Roll Down Your Window Slowly
2. Feed My Evolution
3. The More You Say, The Less I Know
5. When It's Real
Maxwell James - vocals, guitar; Jason Cheek - Drums, Percussion; Chris Croce - Bass Guitar; David Dorn - B3 Organ, Wurlitzer Electric Piano; Scotty Murray - Electric Lap Steel Guitar