Dave Martin holds two degrees in music education. He is a vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and a music educator from the Detroit area. Being so involved with music he has released a surplus of music. On his recent release One That Got Away Martin experiments with various genres such as rock, funk and jazz. Some of it works well; other times not so much.
The first song “Shake It Out” is a blues based rock song and is one of the highlights of the album. Martin’s vocals sound good covered in some distortion and the lead guitar solo was pretty impressive. “Shake It Out” is a good opener and I’m sure a crowd favorite if he plays it live. It's one heck of a catchy tune and a testament to the songwriting ability of Martin.
“One That Got Away” doesn't fare as well. The mix sounded narrow in general, the drums were weak and I didn’t think the distortion from the guitar sounded good against the distortion of Martin’s voice. On top of that the vocal melody felt a bit cheesy and generic.
Martin gets back on track with “Karma’s Cure.” The mix sounds open and clear and I thoroughly enjoyed the guitar and bass work here. He definitely flexes his muscles a bit and it was quite a treat to listen to. “Victimless Crime” was a solid tune although it’s pretty safe non-offensive John Cougar Mellencamp type rock. Really enjoyed the horns in this song but I thought the vocals sounded too raw.
I have to say “Arise and Awake” didn’t feel like it fit into the context of the rest of the album. It has religious overtones, which are fine but seemed out of place compared to the other songs.
One That Got Away is a very mixed bag. There were a couple tunes that were quite enjoyable and some that didn't resonate with me. Overall, an enjoyable if somewhat uneven listen.
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