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Mark Marshall
Born Wired
(2017, Independent)

Kingston singer-songwriter / multi-instrumentalist /producer Mark Marshall goes whole hog into the '70s blues rock genre with his third release, Born Wired. Marshall, a self-described chameleon musician, connotes tropes from the Monsters of Arena Rock territory, taking riff- and wah-wah-heavy tracks and dashing in some lighter piano moments to soften the blow and offer some dynamism in sequencing. Among the disc's 13 tracks are handful of cover versions—tunes made famous by the Guess Who, Del Shannon, and Badfinger are reinterpreted—which point the finger more precisely to where the influence is coming from. Born Wired doesn't reinvent the wheel, but, rather, it acts as a love letter to a bygone era when hard rock was the business, and business was booming. Songs such as "Another Night," "Funk Hard," and "Girls Like You" act as a nostalgic harkening back to the reckless abandon, party-on spirit of the 1970s.

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