Jody Shelton Band - Child EP

Well, well, I must be getting soft in my old age. Once upon a time, a jangly guitar band would have had me heading for the skip button faster than a jaguar on speed, and yet here's yet another one that I find myself liking more than I'd care to admit.

With only four tracks and each being a little bit different, this is a neat sample of the band. Once again, quality song writing is to the fore and the tracks rarely seem to exceed the 3 minute mark, the band seemingly knowing that you actually can have too much of a good thing.

In many ways this would be perfect for a 7" single. The first two tracks "Child" and "Driveway" are generally light and breezy whilst "Amy, Smiling" and "Change" are more downbeat.

Stand out for me is "Driveway" - it's memorable and I can imagine the video now - driving through the countryside in an open top car in the summer. The hook is catchy and there's some fine guitar chops to underpin that driving feel. That's not to say that the others aren't up to scratch, in fact "Change" sounds like a Lucinda Williams song with male vocals and I can't give much higher praise than that.

The only concern I have is that I'm not convinced that I could listen to a whole album. Four tracks is just about right and then I'd be looking for something with a little more punch. However, if you are after quality songs sung by someone who can actually sing - give this a listen.

by Phil T.

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