Daniel Pearson - 'Satellites'

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on 14 November 2011 in Albums & EPs
Record Label Salt in the City Records
Rating 8/10

Influenced by his love for the likes of Bob Dylan, Ryan Adams and a childhood spent listening to Bruce Springsteen, it is clear Leeds based singer-songwriter Daniel Pearson has an immense love for heart-on-sleeve timeless songs. Here his alt country leanings and out and out rock tendencies have such a swagger and confidence, while at the same time showing subtle vulnerability. His voice has a certain charm, warmth, honesty and talent that hook the listener in with instant familiarity. 'Satellites' is a bold, accessible, heartfelt debut that may imitate his heroes but does so in a fresh and classy way. Take 'Masquerade' a fabulously delicate opener which then bursts into the foot stomping rock of 'Wishing Well' which in turn drifts into the country lament of 'Tracks'. It is an album that treads every line of popular music and comes out winning at every turn. '4th July' sounds like a cut from the Decemberists at their best, a barroom hootenanny and the title track is spellbindingly brilliant. This is an album that will dazzle and delight in equal fashion. This is a genuine new talent you want to follow through thick and thin. An excellent record.

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