Stephen Jacques is a musician who I’m guessing grew up with classic rock. On his recent release Soul Hydraulics you can hear elements of The Rolling Stones, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Neil Young and other like-minded bands.
The songs instantly had a sense of familiarity but I don’t say that in a negative way. It's more like going home for the summer when you’re in college where you say hi to old friends, drive past your high school and have an overall sense of comfort. The feeling starts with “Come to me Marie” and this song in particular has lyrics that feel nostalgia for a small American town.
I would say this album is full of nostalgia from head to toe. Some of the songs like “Yellow Flower” reminisce about old loves, bike rides and innocence. It’s sweet and tender. There are some more upbeat numbers like “JetFighterMan” which revolves around military service and people you might know who served.
“Tidal Wave of Goodbyes'' and “Toll Booth Lady” were both solid songs. One of the highlights was “Offshore Oil Days'' which is a combination of the warm nostalgia and sort of a hopeful sentiment.
Jacques is a good songwriter and I thought the production for this album was exceptional. They really nailed the aesthetic which sounds like organic instruments played by humans in a finely tuned room meant for recording.
Overall, this is a solid album and fans of some of the aforementioned bands will surely appreciate this release.
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