Rob Lutes – Come Around | Album Review

Rob Lutes – Come Around

Lucky Bear Records

12 songs time – 43:11

Canadian singer-songwriter Rob Lutes brings his unique style of roots music to his current album backed by a tight band of some of Canada’s brightest musicians. Rob wrote or co-wrote eleven of the twelve tunes. The approach here is of the singer-songwriter variety. Rob covers the songs with his raspy vocals as well as accompanying himself on acoustic guitar.

His voice recalls J.J. Cale particularly on “Knives”. “That Bird Has My Wings” just skips along over Wurlitzer accompaniment and breezy acoustic guitar. The title track “Come Around” is atmospheric with its’ acoustic guitar, Upright bass and piano gently weaving in and out.

Rob MacDonald’s electric slide guitar is appropriate on the Bob Dylan-like “Work Of Art”. He also contributes a wonderfully toned electric guitar to the traditional “In My Time Of Dyin'”. Life’s comforting moments are reflected on in “Fisherman’s Rest”. It delivers a soothing vibe. A similar feel is expressed on “Shediac Bridge”, a listing of reminisces of bygone days set against lovely finger-picked guitar.

A deep guitar tone permeates “Amsterdam”, another song that deals with melancholic memories. Bob Stagg plays his organ against a similar guitar tone on the pensive “Waiting For You”. The last vocal performance is on the upbeat, uplifting “By And By”. Dobro and Wurlitzer piano intertwine for a laidback groove. The acoustic guitar instrumental “Away” brings things to a mellow conclusion.

You find that you’ve just witnessed a rustic, thought provoking singer-songwriter thing of lasting beauty. The production of the musicians by Rob Lutes and Rob MacDonald melds the music and lyrics together as they were meant to be. Another Canadian gem drifted down to grace our ears.

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