Jon Gomm, Hypertension Review

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Jon Gomm, Hypertension
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steven castelo's review of Jon Gomm, Hypertension

Jon Gomm, Hypertension - This is Gomm's first ever...”


written by steven castelo on 02/10/2004

Good Points
Real creative original talent, and AMAZING guitar-playing.

Bad Points
Maybe I'll get bored of it in a few years!

General Comments
Jon Gomm, Hypertension - This is Gomm's first ever album, and it's a stunning piece of work. It's recorded with just his voice and an acoustic guitar, but I've never heard a guitar make sounds like this before. He uses it to get bass, melody, chords and - most amazingly - drums, all at once!

The songs are filled with emotion, and sound fresh and original. I can't really pin him into a genre - it's a bit indie, a bit blues, a bit folk, a bit funky at times, but there's definitely a distinct sound and feel that marks out every song as being born from the same soul.

My current favourite track is 'Less To You,' which has the most poetic lyrics I've heard in ages, beautiful guitar and twists and turns that keep you feeling really involved in the music.

This guy has it all - great heartfelt vocals, inspired and original songs, and guitar playing as good as you will ever hear. The new Hendrix. It's that simple. You have to have this CD!

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