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Johnny Reed - "Act 2: The Johnny Reed Show"
Going for a 1960s folk rock sound Johnny Reed brings to the turntable 12 original tracks of music. Most of the songs on "Act 2: The Johnny Reed Show" are mid-tempo recordings that maintain a pretty laidback feel. Rarely do the metered rhythms come close to a frantic pace, or become overly aggressive in attitude. All in all, it's a fairly relaxing audio experience.
Only one tune, "The Message" rocks out. The other 11 numbers are more like the usual ballads offered up by your typical singer/songwriter from the aforementioned folk rock era that crossed over from acoustic to electric guitar and may have recruited a drummer to play along to their music, which is not bad if that’s really your cup of tea.
Johnny Reeds influences are clearly evident. His writing is certainly inspired by the Beatles. His harmonies draw a lot from The Hollies and CSN&Y. The lead vocal has traces of Bruce Cockburn at its roots. It's an interesting combination. "Act 2: The Johnny Reed Show" is not an album to dance to, but more on the easy listening side of pop music. Out of a possible rating of 1 to 5 I’d give it a solid 3.75.