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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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After recent stints in Raleigh and Jersey City, Jeff Strowe is a writer now based out of Dallas who offers forth occasional commentary on music, books, culture, and sports. His work is also featured on Glide Magazine and has written in the past for No Depression. For intermittent commentary, relevant retweets, and occasional inane banter, follow him on Twitter @JeffStrowe.


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