Rian Greene Drown The Miller

Rian Greene Drown The Miller
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Nashville-based singer-songwriter Greene thankfully grazes on the Americana side of the fence, rather than the mainstream Music City country side. He made friends with debut album See Things Like You, and turns in a decent effort here. He's more Jackson Browne than Steve Earle, and the sound of the album has a West coast vibe. Upon first listen, it comes across as a little too mellow and a touch lightweight, but the strengths of these all-original compositions gradually assert themselves. Greene's gently melodic voice is certainly easy on the ears, and his cause is aided by such A-list accompanists as guitarist John Jackson (Bob Dylan), drummer Bryan Owings and harmony vocalist Tom Littlefield (the Questionnaires), with clean production from Brian Harrison (Shelby Lynne). "Bettin' Man" sounds like Blue Rodeo in a laidback mood, while "Don't Try & Love Me" and "The Best I've Ever Had" have a Tom Petty and the Eagles feel, respectively. The title cut is a highlight, with resonant guitar and harmony vocals complementing lyrics dripping with dread. If Greene were Canadian, you can bet CBC Radio 2 would be all over him. A touch more intensity next time wouldn't go amiss though. (Independent)