Limited Storyline Guest

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“Keeping it simple and writing good music go hand in hand quite a lot. The guitars, drums, vocals, and other instruments on this album speak that rule clearly and demonstrate that excellent music doesn’t always have to be radically new or different. Mike Fellows writes rock music with just a bit of folk and country influence. His guitar picking and harmonica playing is simple and structured around smooth song structures fronted by a broad and gentle voice. Bits of piano and electronic drums highlight this otherwise straightforward attempt at writing a good album. There’s no flashy production, no outrageous arrangements that call for ten-plus instruments to flood the mix simultaneously, and, most importantly, there isn’t an air of pretentiousness surrounding anything Fellows has to say. All of his lyrics recall stories told on the front porch with a cold one in hand and a beautiful, moonlit sky up above. So what is left if there isn’t any of the extra stuff mentioned above? All that’s left is really all that matters: good song-writing and a clear sense of direction. While Fellows never draws his voice out like some famous country crooners might, his instrumentation is clearly a throwback to when country and rock weren’t opposites at all. This love for acoustic instrumentation, easy rhythms, and clear, distinct melodies could’ve gone terribly wrong if it weren’t for the fact that Fellows never lets a strong stray too far away from its origins and never bothers trying to extend songs beyond their proper range. Limited Storyline Guest is just over a half-hour in length and of its nine songs, only three break the four-minute mark (and just barely at that). The songs open strong and stay strong from start to finish, expanding on the themes that Fellows open them with. Besides all of this, the songs are simply gorgeous and have a whimsical edge to them that makes them all the more attractive. “Way I Love” and “AM” have, in particular, unforgettable melodies that have stuck in my head since I first played the CD. I might be able to chalk my appreciation of this album up to nostalgia, but repeated listens have proven that the songs can stand repeated listens and, in most cases, the tunes become stronger after being given a few chances. There’s not a bad song on the album and after a while Fellows’ voice becomes one of the most addictive elements of the album. I’m going to take this outside with me and play it while I watch the world go by. It’s a good relaxing album with no extras added because no extras are needed. “