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Scott Thorn – Ordinary Day – Album Review

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Every so often it’s nice to find a record that plays to a lot of classic sounds, that can be relaxing and relatable. On Scott Thorn‘s latest record Ordinary Day he mixes 90s rock with some country and a little bit of a Carlos Santana lead guitar sound for an album whose only flaws lie in production.

The album opens on the bright and pop-infused title-track “Ordinary Day” which opts for harmonious chants instead full blown choruses. Although there’s some fun in the tone shift of the song’s bridge, the lack of dynamics hampers its punch. With a 90s Oasis feeling “Love Me To The End” bursts with big sounding guitars and building riffs. After the second chorus there seems to be a never ending drum drone that both carries the energy while sounding a little flat.

Thorn takes things a little darker on “I Don’t Want to Love You” infusing in a Carlos Satana style to his sound. The bridge on this track however changes tones and effectively crafts its own dynamic section of the song. There’s more of Thorn’s country sound on “Watch Out Wichita” with more slide guitar and twang than earlier on the record. With these elements and a less distorted backing Thorn’s voice and style come through more effectively.

The love ballad of the record lands on “Call Me, Baby” perhaps feeling sappy at times whether it works or not. The elegant guitar and soothing organ make it a relaxing track nonetheless. The echo is intense on “You’re Beautiful” almost having a trippy quality at times. There’s some cool dynamic drops in the otherwise arpeggio-heavy repetition of the track to really make its choruses stand out.

“Freedom Road” mixes in some classic rock influence with some modern country tone. The chorus is catchy, the riffs addictive and the harmonies infectious despite feeling all too familiar. “Wide Open Skies” takes things on a sombre tone once again, with some hope coming through on the song’s choruses and the powerful bridge pulls the track into an energetic burst before its final chorus.

Thorn pulls a few tricks out on “It’s A Beautiful Moment” with the best collection of dynamics, melodic riffs and emotive song writing overall. The bridge is the strongest of the album sonically and emotionally and delivers the song back to the chorus smoother than any song before it. Album closer “Please Don’t Go” shows some of the best range on the album with Thorn really shifting the way each section of his song flows. Choruses punch in the emotion with heft allowing the verses to be more for listening and reflecting.

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