John Ralston: Gone Gone Gone
This may start like just another weepy, acoustic ballad, but John Ralston has much more up his sleeve than the current pack of bland, jam-band-inspired troubadours. First, when the full band kicks in after 20 seconds, the strength of the original melody becomes surprisingly evident. And the real killer is the chorus, which sizzles with spirit, his voice transforming in its higher register into an instrument of power and bite. Nicely done.
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