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Music Review: Scott McKeon – Trouble

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“What I’ve Become” is the name of a track on Scott McKeon’s second album Trouble. It’s title seems to sum up the rapid progress this guy has made of late with an album that contains yet more promise. What he has become, is one of the hottest guitar talents in the UK.

What he has produced is an album that goes a long way to justifying that reputation. It is one that is moving as rapidly as some of his explosive fretwork.

His 2007 debut Can’t Take No More announced his arrival and raised a few eager eyebrows. Trouble, which features guest slots from Robbie McIntosh and David Ryan Harris, successfully takes a step or two further along the chosen road.

“I wanted to be able to incorporate bluesy guitar soloing into a more soulful rock environment” explains Scott in the promotional material. He adds, “I also wanted to be more disciplined with the tunes to move them from a riff based style into proper songs. I feel this album is more balanced but still allows me the chance to cut loose.”

Cut loose he does, as anyone who has seen him play live will testify. From the feedback soaked start of “The Girl” through to the brief closing piece “Home” Scott consciously develops those aims whilst delivering an album that hits many of his self imposed targets.

Robbie McIntosh, of The Pretenders fame, who has worked with a who’s who of names such as Roger Daltrey, Mark Knopfler, Tori Amos, and Norah Jones adds his wealth of experience to the gorgeous “Scarecrow.” Meanwhile, vocalist David Ryan Harris from the John Mayer Band appears on one of the album's other standouts “Talk To Me.”

You will be hard pressed to read a review of Scott McKeon without seeing the words “emerging talent." The good news is that Trouble goes some distance to making the first part of that statement redundant.

He can write infectiously, such as on the catchy opener “The Girl”, “I Can Tell, and the title track itself. These are all tracks that drill themselves into your head. 

The thick fuzzed funk of “Broken Man” disguises another solid hook that he seems to deliver time and again. It leads feverishly to “All That We Were” a track that justifies the hype whilst delivering a chilled out track that oozes well honed maturity.

The groove of “Capture Me”, an easy “So Much More”, and a brassy “Giving Me The Blues”, which has him once again firing off bursts of his impressive blues based guitar skill, all maintain the quality. Keep it running for a hidden track.

Scott McKeon has delivered a Trouble free second album. The good news is that there is plenty more where this came from.

Catch up with the emerged talent of Scott McKeon at his website or have a listen on his MySpace page.

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