"Starting Now" CD
Genre: instrumental guitar
Starting Now is Bryon Thompson's
fourth contribution to the annals of instrumental rock, coming across
as a more restrained version of 90s classic Pell Mell. This
disc could use some more edge, as its extremely clean sound can become
bland after extended listening. Still, Thompson knows his way
around a solid instrumental melody, and these songs start exuding that
friendly feel of familiarity quite early on. Strangely, many of these
songs sound very influenced by other bands; "I Just Know" is pure
George Harrison, "Says Who" reeks of XTC, and "Always More"
is like a classic rock tinged Badly Drawn Boy instrumental.
Meanwhile, the cover of Fleetwood Mac's "Sunny Side of Heaven"
is Thompson's most overt display of fandom.
Fun Fact: When he
isn't working over his guitar and spending time with his family,
Bryon Thompson spends his work hours as a
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