Jackson Legg is a solo artist from England who plays all the instruments (except drums) on his recent album Rock ‘n’ Roll Soul. You get a nice mix of guitar work and vocal harmonies as well as impressive bass lines that feel like it was written by a band not just one guy. His style is hard to classify but mixes in various genres such as glam, rock and pop that ultimately feels like it draws a lot of influence from the late 70’s and 80’s
The album starts with “New Wave” where the first thing we hear is a phased out distorted guitar being backed up by a lead guitar. Within a couple of seconds the drums, bass and vocal enter and the first thing you notice is that is reminiscent of David Bowie’s alter ego Ziggy Stardust. The song is surrounded with effects like phase and chorus and it gives it a distinct glam type feel. “Save the Night” has an impressive vocal performance backed by guitars with various effects on them that often sounded like something you might hear on the Roxy Music album Avalon. “Sugar” is one of the highlights on the album as the song treats his vocals with what sounds like a harmonizer and has a surplus of cool sounds to delve into. At around the two-minute mark you have this interesting guitar work that sounds like a swarm of insects as it pans back and forth between speakers. The album closes with a rocker entitled “Nothing Above.” He vocals are distorted on this giving even more grit to the crunchy guitars.
This is a solid album of impressive songs that are good but not great. The hook isn't always there but for the most part the album is well written and showcases the talent Legg has.
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