I started playing guitar, singing and writing songs about twenty years ago. In my own opinion it took about ten years of constant playing to start to become decent at any of those three things. For Stu Thomas his journey of playing guitar, singing and writing songs started in 2013. His release Glows shows some talent but also shows an artist who is in the embryonic stage of his development.
The album is a bit baffling because it starts off with two very strong songs with a full arrangement of bass, guitar and drums and is followed by mostly minimal guitar and vocals. Thomas simply does have enough skill on the guitar or enough experience singing to make the latter as effective.
He starts off with “Pump.” I thoroughly enjoyed the song. The beat is simple and so are the basic chords but the Joy Division-esque vibe works very well. Besides a few sour notes Thomas’ voice sounds good here. Good opener.
“Cracks in the walls” is head and shoulders above every other song on the album. It’s really not even close. This song is catchy, dark and memorable. Thomas also delivers his best vocal performance. Again the performance on this song is exponentially better than on some of the other songs I had a hard time wrapping my head around it
The album takes a dip with “I really don't know.” It revolves around a couple of root notes and a very dismal vibe. This similar vibe continues with “You and I,” “Tis the time of year…“ and “Grey Skies.” Thomas changes things up slightly with “A rose is not just a flower in the ground” which revolves around basic piano chords and singings.
I’m honestly not completely sure what happened after the second track but I would have liked to hear more songs with that type of energy. As this point Thomas struggles with the sparse songs because they are so basic and move so slowly. There is no doubt in my mind that he should veer towards the sound he made on “Cracks in the walls.” Music is completely subjective but if Thomas wants to grow an audience this is his best bet at this point.
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