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.