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GRAHAM COLTON

Lonely Ones

2014-02-28

Once upon a time Graham Colton came from Oklahoma, became a record-setting high school quarterback, formed a band, and got lots of commercial attention. Now he's reinvented himself, and he gives lots of credit to Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips.

What you'll hear on Lonely Ones would fit perfectly into late twentieth century pop rock. Think Journey or Oasis.  He's got a perfectly serviceable rock sensitivity without ever verging into high-powered guitars or distortion. It's unchallenging and unabrasive.  He's also fallen in love with background singers who go ooh-ooh-ooh, and he uses them throughout the album. He tends to favor a bit of technology to richen up his vocals and sound like, not-quiet a duet, but maybe one and a half people singing.

The album is very consistent from track to track, and by the end of it you'll be wondering if you're listening to it on repeat.

---Gerald Etkind

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