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(US: 21 Sep 2010; UK: 21 Sep 2010)

Have you ever met a person so kind and happy that you take an immediate liking to them? Heavy on the Vine, the latest from Ryan Montbleau Band, fits this bill perfectly. It comes along with a myriad of musical influences. There is not one song on the album that fails to catch you. Country, R&B, jazz, reggae, gospel, they all somehow fit together expertly.


It’s too good to be true, you tell yourself, and you’re right. He’s so likable it hurts. I want to see some pain from this man. There is no sulking in his lyrics, only optimism. It can’t be all sunshine and rainbows, can it?


Still, in the end, you just have to accept the album for what it is. Heavy on the Vine is not an emotional roller coaster, nor is it Montbleau’s diary; it is a never ending stream of happiness, and there is nothing wrong with that.

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Jonathan Kosakow has been a regular contributor for PopMatters since 2009, and became Associate Events Editor two years later. He contributes to Glide Magazine's Hidden Track blog (www.hiddentrackblog.com), both on his own and as a member of the editorial collective Three Grown Men. His writing has also appeared on Relix.com and Jambands.com, but most of it can be found on the floor of his apartment or stashed away in files on his computer. Jonathan recently earned his Graduate Certificate in Creative Writing from the University of Denver, and does his best to be an active member of the music and writing community in the Denver/Boulder area. He is the Director of Operations at the Boulder-based company Eco Vessel, and is the co-founder of the music-related website NoiseReport.net, and the beer-related blog beermadeclear.com, both currently in production.


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