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Reed Turner

Side One: See How Far I Get

(Self Released; US: 27 Sep 2011; UK: Import)

By matters of geography (hailing from from Austin, Texas), and matters of taste (consciously emphasizing the idiosyncrasy of vinyl by titling his new EP Side One: See How Far I Get), 25-year old singer-songwriter Reed Turner fits the bill of a hard-scrabble, outlaw troubadour. The resulting songs, though, prove that Turner has a bit of an identity crisis. 


“See How Far I Can Get” packs a punch as the tune gallops along in a tightly arranged country-rock arrangement, while the poignant acoustic ballad “Acrobats & Soldiers” would likely silence the patrons of the dusty low-key music halls in which Turner likely entertains. Mid-tempo tracks “Torches” and “Let’s Roll”, however, lose some edge and threaten sending Turner down a lackluster Adult Contemporary path. EP’s are often mixed bags and this release is just that, as it finds a young artist straddling the line between material that resonates well and material that falls a bit short of inspiring repeated listens.

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Jeff Strowe works as a counselor in New York City, but lives across the mighty Hudson River in Jersey City, NJ. In addition to listening to a lot of music, he spends entirely too much time watching baseball and late night talk shows. One of these days, he'll use that time to master a foreign language, become a novice guitarist, or finally read that copy of Crime and Punishment that longingly stares at him from the bookshelf.


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