Review: ‘Song and Dance Man’ – Eric Devries

The primarily acoustic album from Dutch singer-songwriter Eric Devries is full of passion, humour and in depth storytelling lyrics set to a folky, bluegrass backdrop.

Featuring traditional instrumentation, such as banjo and fiddle, Devries tells stories about unrequited love and real people who have resiliently overcome the struggles of everyday life.

‘Jericho Walls’ is a well written track with an interesting fiddle solo and some great lyrics; “I never saw the rose’s thorn could be a poison dart.” There are some lovely harmony vocals from Sophie Janna too which further adds to the record.

‘All I Know How To Do’ sees Devries’ vocals at their very best, they’re warm and soft as he maintains a lovely tone, whilst your toe will automatically start tapping along to ‘Another Round’. The fun loving track is a highlight, I particularly like the backing vocals in the chorus and bridge.

To summarise, it’s a tidy offering from Devries, with a nice mix of themes and emotions. 

  

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