POWER OF POP MUSIC ALBUM REVIEW: STEVE GUNN – EYES ON THE LINE

ALBUM REVIEW: STEVE GUNN – EYES ON THE LINE

Photo credit: Constance Mensh

Photo credit: Constance Mensh

Background
Steve Gunn is an American, Brooklyn-based, singer-songwriter. Gunn was formerly a guitarist in Kurt Vile’s backing band, The Violators.

Strengths
A clear 70s rock vibe emanates from Gunn’s songwriting and guitar playing style. Like his erstwhile collaborator Kurt Vile, Gunn parlays a country-folk vibe that betrays an affinity for the likes of Neil Young, into laid-back almost slacker rock nuggets. But his singing and guitar work brings to mind the iconoclastic approach of Tom Verlaine/Television, a tangential offshoot of the New York punk scene from days gone by. Which all makes for an invigorating brew for anyone remotely interested in 70s rock (and its revival in the 90s alternative rock scene) in all its glory.

Highlights
“Ancient Jules”, “Full Moon Tide”, “The Drop”.

Sounds Like
Television, Kurt Vile, Dinosaur Jr, Tom Verlaine.

Bottom Line
As mid tempo and laid-back Gunn’s songs may be, there is no doubting their ability to evoke a precious epoch in rock history. Not only that but his liberal use of guitar solos (so rare in modern rock) is reason enough to treasure Steve Gunn.

Information
Official website: http://www.steve-gunn.com/

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