Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Reviews:: Stoll Vaughan Love like a Mule

A slightly slurred delivery and heavy souled Americana/blues is going to draw inevitable Dylan and Springsteen comparisons. Sadly, no matter how interesting or inspired the artist is, it’s impossible to measure up to the bar that is set oh so high. It’s not fair, but that’s how it works.

Enter Stoll Vaughan. The former guitarist of Chamberlain released his second solo record, Love like a Mule, and like the title leads you to believe the record is a heart on your sleeve Americana record. Stoll is young, but speaks in metaphors and experiences of a much older man. He already has the ability to draw you into a narrative. His characters seem real and he turns phrases effortlessly (you will slander my name, like we all sometimes do). He’s at his strongest on the slower numbers like Fade Away (which warms my Dire Straits loving heart) and No Stopping. The subtle instrumentation and walk along tempo really showcase his lyrics, which are the key for any artist walking the same path as the aforementioned influences. His songs tell a story and sooth the soul. He has moments of brilliance (for example Savior) that help you look past some of the clichés of youth (lonesome is as lonesome does).

Unfortunately, it’s almost impossible to separate the man from his influences. If people could, Stoll’s records would be getting radio play from DJ’s and be displayed on the walls of record stores instead of the countless Dylan reissues and greatest hits collections. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not comparing the two. Dylan is as much a genre of music as he is a fantastic songwriter. It’s impossible to compare a 23-year old to two of the greatest wordsmiths of the last 40 years, but if you look past his influences, you will be rewarded with a very enjoyable record from an artist with the potential to make a big name for himself.

MP3:: Fade Away
Video:: Complain

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