Tony Gravell is a singer/songwriter from New Hampshire who is still in the embryonic stage of his development. His first release Nervousness shows potential as well as room for growth during it's just around seven-minute runtime.
He opens with “Nervousness” which revolves around a basic picking pattern on guitar and not too much else. There is something going on in the background like a rumbling but it is indistinct. The whole sequence may have fared better if it were around thirty seconds.
Next up is “Keeping You Awake” which contains vocals and strummed chords. Gravell has an enjoyable voice but I would hesitate to call him a naturally aesthetically pleasing singer. He’s a guy who is going to have to dig a little and put in some hours.
That being said he stays in key which is half the battle. He closes with “Always the One” which is the highlight. The song is just as simple as the previous songs but the delivery and melody was a little more notable on this track.
Overall, I think Gravell accomplished what he set out to do. He made a simple EP with easy to embrace songs that put him in a position to evolve. I would like to see him step it up on his next release and start to define a little more of his sound and flex a little more of his guitar skills. Truth be told it’s hard to get by today as a musician strumming a couple of major and minor chords.
The best thing he has going for him is the the songs felt honest and heartfelt. Not a bad way to start off your development as a musician.
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