Galen Weston: Plugged In

Plugged In opens with ‘Funk Opus #2,’ a lyrical number reminiscent of Texas guitar hero Eric Johnson, followed by the affecting ballad ‘Song for Daphne’ which showcases Weston’s inviting tone and expressive playing. ‘Bensonite’ is a nod to Weston’s main jazz guitar influences while ‘The Yellow Guitar’ (‘A Guitarra Amarela’) is a smooth offering that features some of the most seductive lines on the disc. ‘Rose Garden’, a lyrical melody laid over a sophisticated set of chord changes features Underhill on alto sax playing in unison with wordless vocals by Prague-born singer Lenka Lichtenberg.

Next, Weston delivers an intimate acoustic fingerstyle version of Keith Jarrett’s ‘Country; before he and crew kick out Miami Vice style jams on “Galen’s Vice”. He then alternates between warm Wes Montgomery-styled octave playing and fluid single note lines on the soulful ‘Austin’..

The rock anthem ‘Tasteless’ is Weston’s tribute to guitar god Steve Vai where his clean-tone re-imagining of Jimmy Van Heusen’s ‘Like Someone in Love’ opens with a solo guitar intro that showcases some accomplished chordal melody playing. ‘Late and Never’ has Weston throwing his sustained, slightly distorted guitar lines around with rockish authority before closing with ‘Rock Jam’ — a dialogue of clean fingerpicked chords and contrapuntal bass lines.

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