Edwin McCain demands attention with the rough but refined sounds of its latest album, Misguided Roses (Atlantic).
From blues to rock to sweet melodies, the album’s various musical undertones intrigue and entertain the listener. Edwin McCain’s flexible style shines through in each song and allows the band to explore different genres.
In the end, the listener appreciates not only the risks the band takes but the musical mainstays included on the album.
The only release from Misguided Roses, “I’ll Be,” demonstrates the captivating quality of lead singer Edwin McCain. His raspy voice eloquently expresses the power of love with lyrics like “I’ll be your cryin’ shoulder/I’ll be love suicide/I’ll be better when I’m older/I’ll be the greatest fan of your life.”
“How Strange It Seems” uses a bolder bass guitar to enhance the blues rhythm. Few rock bands attempt to tackle difficult blues sounds, but Edwin McCain manages to capture the defining elements of blues while maintaining its own sound.
After James Taylor sang “(I’ve Got to) Stop Thinkin’ ‘Bout That,” few could imagine any band would try to duplicate his incredible performance. Edwin McCain’s remake does not top Taylor’s version, but it comes close to duplicating the greatness of the original.
Genre aside, the band explosively performs each track on Misguided Roses. Edwin McCain’s energy and talent – blended with a variety of musical rhythms – create a bold album.