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Steve Katz - Barricades (Self Release)
With five well-produced original songs from this debut EP by Brussels-born but now New York-based singer-songwriter Steve Katz, we get an instant feel for what Steve's songs are all about. With a style reminiscent of such artists as Damien Rice, Jose Gonzalez and occasionally Brad Roberts (Crash Test Dummies), Katz (not to be mistaken for the former Blood, Sweat and Tears guitarist/producer) maintains a highly listenable approach throughout with highly melodic and thoughtful songs, despite the material ranging in style from the optimistically self-probing Thrive, the tender break-up ballad Fair to the soulful title song Barricades. With a plain black and white portrait gracing the cover, an idea that has done the careers of Bjork and Patti Smith no harm whatsoever, BARRICADES heralds another potential success story in the making.