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ONE WAY Recommends [Issue #14]
Blue Merle
By Mandana Beigi

Burning In The Sun (CD Island Def Jam (2005))

Borrowing a line from Led Zeppelin’s “Bron-Y-Aur Stomp”, this Nashville quartet chose the name Blue Merle. Burning in the Sun is their debut release with 12 wistful, poignant tracks. Much has been made of their resemblance to Coldplay and the Dave Matthews band. Well . . . yes, Luke Reynolds’ voice is eerily similar to Chris Martin’s and the overall sound will definitely remind you of the Dave Matthews band, but so what? None of that lessens the artistic quality and the musicianship of both the band and the album. Burning In The Sun brings out a softer and a more unconventional side of rock by fusing together the acoustic guitar, the mandolin, the fiddle, the upright bass, and Luke’s beautiful emotion-filled vocals this uniquely moody rustic style. “Places,” “Every Ship Must Sail Away,” and “Seeing Through You” are among the highlights of the album. Burning In The Sun is certainly not a ground-breaking revolutionary piece of music; it’s simple pop/rock with rich lyrics and a touch of untraditional instruments, but it’s warm, comforting, and heartfelt. Despite numerous harsh reviews from the mainstream publications, Blue Merle deserves the chance to be heard and appreciated.


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