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Tedo Stone

Good Go Bad

(This is American Music; US: 8 Jul 2013; UK: 8 Jul 2013)

I guess you could call Tedo Stone southern rock—if you let that term steep in southern soul and squeeze it through a modern indie filter before it gets out the door. So let’s do that and get to the fact that Stone engages in all kinds of seeming contradictions on Good Go Bad: tense processed vocals over relaxed percussion, soulful vocals over distorted and tense arrangements, patient ballads, cosmic wanderings, places where it sounds like the spirits of T. Rex and Muscle Shoals are making out. 


Stone’s influences are all over Good Go Bad, but underneath it all is a collection of fine songs with a heavy storytelling side which would no doubt sound mighty fine if stripped down to an acoustic guitar. As a listener, you’re of two minds at the end: 1) let’s hope he keeps that diversity and restless spirit, and 2) imagine what he’ll do when he finds his One True Voice.

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Andrew Gilstrap is a freelance writer living in South Carolina, where he's able to endure the few weeks each year that it's actually freezing (swearing a vow that if he ever moves, it'll be even farther south). Aging into a fine curmudgeon whose idea of heaven is 40 tree-covered acres away from the world, he increasingly wishes he were part of a pair of twins, just so he could try being the kinda evil one on for size. Musically, he's always scouring records for that one moment that makes him feel like he's never heard music before, but he long ago realized he needs to keep his copies of John Prine, Crowded House, the Replacements, Kate Bush, and Tom Waits within easy reach.


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