Dalton Wright is a twenty one year old singer-songwriter from Pensacola, Florida who recently released his debut album entitled An Evening In. The eight song album showcases a talented artist who still seems to be wrestling a bit with his sound but certainly has some inspired moments.
Wright utilizes clean guitars and smooth vocals whether he is doing an acoustic number or an more elaborate, upbeat piece. The guitars, bass, drums and vocals sounded great although I would have liked to hear the snare a bit more on some of the tracks.
The album starts with “An Evening In” which initially contains the sound of people having multiple conversations at a party while jazzy, clean guitar is played over it. A full band emerges to fill in some of the space. Next up is a fleshed out song entitled “Algebra” which is smooth, soulful and is just a couple notches away from the relaxed vibe you would find on a Jack Johnson record. The song really doesn't contain much of a hook but is still enjoyable.
“Star 67” revolves around vocals, acoustic guitar and melancholy. There aren’t many surprises along the way but the delivery is solid. He has more success with “2:40 Train to Springfield” in which Wright incorporates a full band. The guitar work is top notch and enjoyed the overall vibe of the song. The highlight was “I've Never Done This Before” which is a warm acoustic song wrapped in solace. A perfect song for listening by a fireplace with a glass of wine. The orchestral strings were a very nice touch which only adds to the warmth the song has.
Up next is “Rubik's Cube” which is an upbeat, fun song. The song is really good except something seems off about it at times during the chorus. During the first chorus it’s as if the band is playing out of the pocket or too many things were happening. The chorus needed to feel really crisp and defined like a song you would hear from Phoenix but didn’t quite find its footing. Wright closes with “I Think I Can See the Leaves Changing” which is a nostalgic, almost seven minute song.
Wright at only twenty one years old has ample amount of time to tweak and become more defined as an artist. An Evening In is a solid start with some above average songwriting but think his best work probably still lies ahead of him.
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