As far as I know, singer-songwriter Jim Basnight has always been associated with the power pop scene of the 90s but on his new album – Not Changing – Basnight has produced a masterclass of 70s rock ‘n’ roll, especially from fecund inspirations of the Glimmer Twins.
Which means the heady melange of country, folk, blues and rock that the Rolling Stones had fine-tuned to perfection in the early 70s. In fact, on many tracks here, Basnight comes across as an impressive Jagger soundalike.
That’s not to say that Not Changing is filled with derivative music but instead Basnight is expertly channeling the raw Stones essence that the likes of Bruce Springsteen and Tom Petty managed in the mid to late 70s, and beyond.
Thus, Not Changing is that modern-day rarity — an album that you can enjoy from start to finish — and while singling out any track means a disservice to the rest, I would highlight the twangy “A Code to Live By”, the power chord driving “Avenue of The Stars”, the poignant “Kurt Cobain” and the dreamy “Saturday Dream” as the top picks of a spectacular tracklist.
And one more thing – the production quality is first-rate! Essential for all lovers of rock ‘n’ roll!
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