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James Murdoch brings out the pop

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Former Lethbridgian James Murdoch’s sophomore CD, “Wondering Where the Rush has Gone,” is a laid back, yet uptempo affair awash in acoustic guitars, gorgeous melodies and garnished with a little accordion. He maintains a strong tenor voice which couldn’t help but to remind me of ’80s hitmaker Larry Gowan,  especially on the outstanding second track  “Simple Lullaby” and in places, country singer  Keith Urban like on track six  “Something We Do.”
Another Highlight, “Don’t Lay Down,” is a hooky country-pop song that wouldn’t be out of place on a newer Bare Naked Ladies CD, and “John Wesley Jones” is a haunting country song with roots in Yukon vaudeville.
June Bug is another highlight — a catchy and touching song about talking to a homeless man whose wife fell asleep in his arms in a snow bank
Throughout there are some tasteful guitar solos, and perfectly placed organ, keyboard and accordion parts.
In short, “wondering Where the Rush Has Gone, is a superb second effort, which demands attention, not to mention a place on the charts.
— Richard Amery

CD: Wondering Where The  Rush Has Gone
Artist: James Murdoch band
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