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Jared Rabin (from the album Chasing the Light as a self-release) (by Bryant Liggett)
Jared Rabin has found some solid ground between electric Pop and instrumentally-delivered Newgrass.
While the fiddle, mandolin, and other traditional string band instruments will lead you down a festival path, it won’t take you to said festival, instead dropping you into FM radio territory. Bluegrass naysayers can be stubborn, but Jared Rabin’s touch of Pop on Chasing the Light may result in a perked ear toward string band world.
Jared Rabin sticks close to Bluegrass traditions on “Just Might Breakdown” and even closer to Newgrass on the progressive “Catch the Horizon” as both are a full and solid package of picking and playing, ready to take on a spinning festival crowd. But he displays a real confidence and comfort in the pop world. “Tunnels End” is airy and optimistic, “Painted Gray” has a sad, ballad vibe, and “Lake Affected” is a bit punchy. He also knocks things out with a couple covers; Bob Dylan’s “Girl from the North Country” is always a solid knockout, and Rabin gets beefy closing with Stone Temple Pilot’s “Vasoline.”
Pull away the acoustic instruments and replace with a standard electric guitar, bass, keyboards, and drums and you’ve got an emotional Rock band primed for the Indie circuit. There’s however too many of those, and not enough acts like Rabin whose string-band approach to ballad rock music gives the whole thing a grounded and earthy appeal. (by Bryant Liggett)
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