Sounds Like This-Eric Hutchinson

Posted: 17th September 2010 by Mister Critic in Random
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Reviewed by Mister Hand

I don’t listen to the radio much, as they tend to overplay songs and make me hate some of my favorite artists. That said, one of my favorite hobbies is to do is discover new artists, which is where I usually have to deal with my love/hate relationship with the radio. Now add to my hobby, the wonderful world of iPhone applications, one of which is called Shazam. Not to be confused with the ill-fated Shaquile O’Neil movie Kazaam, this application samples songs and then spits out the artist, song title, and album. This has tremendously helped identify songs since radio stations don’t often say anything but their station identifier anymore. So Shazam has helped me not only identify songs, but I also find that if I sample a song 3+ times it probably means I really like it.

In comes Eric Hutchinson’s song “Rock & Roll” off his album Sounds Like This. I really dig the driving guitar and drum beat, but his blues-like voice really captured me. It sounded much different than most of the styles of music I’d been hearing for some time. I pushed off the urge to buy the cd for much longer than I once was able to – due mostly to a thing called a mortgage and groceries and other frivolous things. Eventually I decided to listen to other songs on the album. Oddly, I found that I liked some of the other songs better than the radio hit. The first song on the album, “Ok, It’s Alright With Me,” grabbed me right away and I knew my ears were in for a great ride. After sampling the album on iTunes – who knew 30 seconds of ten songs would be all it took – and the unresistable price of $7.99 would hook me… but it did. Add to that a great review by the online “Queen” of reviews Parez Hilton and you’ve sold me. I’m not going to try to compare Hutchinson’s sound to other artists… I just urge you to check him out and give it a try on Pandora, Rhapsody, or iTunes.