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EP REVIEW: Loose Hinges - Nothing's Permanent
By Cyrus Rhodes - 03/07/2013 - 12:11 AM EST

Artist: Loose Hinges
Album: Nothing’s Permanent (EP) 7 track teaser
Label: Chronically Hip Music
Genre: Acoustic folk/pop
Sounds Like: Cheryl Crow, Dixie Chicks, Wyonna Judd and Shania Twain
Technical Grade: 9/10
Production/Musicianship Grade: 9/10
Commercial Value: 9/10
Overall Talent Level: 9/10
Songwriting Skills: 9/10
Performance Skill: 9/10
Best Songs: Every Little Word You Say, Don't Give up on Me, All This and Nothing More
Weakness: None
CD Review: Continuing to embody the blissful, creatively liberating lack of pre-planning and the spontaneity that made their debut an indie success, multi-instrumentalist Eliot Houser and vocalist Kris McCarthy—the Nashville based duo collectively known as The Loose Hinges—keep the eclecticism flowing freely on their highly anticipated 5-track follow up. While their debut received substantial college radio airplay and internet success with a mix of chill-techno, Cuban music, rock, country and folk, their new project offers an enticing mix of edgy, guitar driven rock and sensual songs that explore McCarthy’s naturally jazzy sensibilities. Loose Hinges is expected to release their next full length project Nothing’s Permanent in 2013. Since the release of their debut in late 2011, Houser and McCarthy have been joyfully sharing their “unhingedness” for the first time with a growing fan base in the Music City area. Performing both as a duo and often with bassist Mark Miller (of Chuck Mead & the Grassy Knoll Boys), The Loose Hinges have performed at hotspots like The Family Wash, Richards (a singer-songwriter café), Village Pub and Rooster’s Barbecue, among others.

The CD kicks things off with “Don’t Give up on Me” a perfect intro piece that serves up a slamming R&B groove that dishes out slamming guitar, red hot vocal intensity against a driving rock rhythm and compelling vocal melody from McCarthy. Track 2 “Nothing’s Permanent” dishes out rock steady ditty with impressive rhythm guitar against infectious vocal melody and a soulful grand slam chorus that has no comparisons. Track 3 keeps things moving in the right direction with “Every Little Word you Say” a guitar driven melody from Vaughn and company that peaks and valleys its way through to emotional fruition with its hot to the touch solo guitar and infectious groove. This CD makes a solid first impression dishing out 3 rock solid tracks in a row, and really never backs down after that. As this CD slowly unfolds I can hear many different musical elements reminiscent of such classic acts like Cheryl Crow, Dixie Chicks, Wyonna Judd and Shania Twain. The music itself is an amazing blend of no holds barred Rhythm and Blues, classic Saloon Jazz with a dash of Modern Contemporary Pop and Country. The musicianship of all the players involved is equally as impressive. The rhythm groove (Bass/Drums) is as thick as a brick. Top to bottom this unit is rock solid. You will also notice lush layers of instrumentation layered everywhere. Besides the 4 piece standard you will notice impressive guitar licks, painted against lush harmonies layered everywhere all built upon a thick as a brick rythem section. Eliot Houser desreves much credit for some of this . The most impressive thing about this CD is the impressive vocal persona of one Kris McCarthy. Her musical personality is to die for and his vocal delivery is spot on for the genre. From smooth as silk “Every Little Word You Say” to melodic “All this & Nothing More” to hypnotic “Why Waste It” to rocking “Gonna Get Better” this CD has something for just about everyone. The EP ends with Track 07: "Wher’d you go” the perfect finale statement for a CD of this caliber.

The latest 7 track CP teaser from Loose Hinges is a real barnburner of a release. It's a rock solid and highly entertaining CD from start to finish. The songwriting – all consistent musical experiences, each one possessing a unique personality, flair, and signature grooves. Note for note, song for song there isn’t really a weak piece on this entire catalogue. The writing and playing abilities of these 2 (Houser/McCarthy) is rock solid. The Strngth of the Loose Hinges is the impressive song for song musical exuberence that keeps coming at you. No doubt these guys are a total riot to check out live around Nashville. The music is nitty-gritty, rock solid, heavy and consistent. At the end of the day Loose Hinges are just fun to check out either live or in the studio. Need I say more?

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