Doxology is the latest release from the Stuart Wicke Band, recorded in three different locations with three different bands, all led by Wicke. He describes Doxology as “rough around the edges”, which is definitely accurate.
The album has an unpolished, demo feel and the instrumental accompaniment sounds disconnected from the vocals at times. Wicke does have a knack for songwriting, although every song feels like a rough draft that could use some studio magic. Some of this is probably due in fact to the aforementioned circumstances about three bands.
The album started off with “Simple Beauty”, which has dramatic lyrics paired with a solid rock sound. Wicke’s vocals come off as a little shouty, but you can hear the potential in his voice. He sings "I take no pleasure to say his name. I’ll take no answer but take my hand".
The vocals are a little more understated in the next two songs “Love Death” and “Dreadful Things”, which allows the quality of Wicke’s songwriting to shine through. Some harmonies and backing vocals would add some depth to the overall sound in my opinion but the songs were still impressive.
Wicke surprised me with “Wyoming”, where he showed off his pretty decent falsetto in the chorus. I would of liked to hear more of that throughout the album. The song was reminiscent of Jet and had an easy-going, fun vibe. I think this song might hold the key to unlocking Wicke’s future sound.
The next few songs had a Neil Young meets The Eagles vibe, yet still were somewhat rusty and muffled. "I Will Let You Down" is slower moving but emotionally resonant song while "East Main" has a number of inspired moments. He closes strong with "Bethany" which has soulful vocals.
It’s hard to pinpoint Wicke’s intended sound, but the foundation is there in Doxology. With a higher production quality and some permanent band members, I think the Stuart Wicke Band could produce an album that could could capitalize on the potential that runs through this album.
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