Joe Giddings – Better From Here
The Beatles influence is in evidence throughout the entirety of Better From Here. Yet, Joe Giddings’ latest offering (on the Kool Kat label) is amazingly diverse. The melding of a variety of pop influences and brilliant, radio friendly production sensibilities make Better From Here really shine.
It might be the alt-country feel of “Always Raining Somewhere” or perhaps the guitar crunch and storyline of “Amity Horror” that’ll grab your attention. Maybe it’s the spot-on harmonies of “Gone So Far” or the Fountains of Wayne/Cars approach to “Tin Foil Crush” that’ll hook you. Maybe yet, it’ll be the muscular guitar of “Rock and Roll”. They’re all first rate.
For me, it was “Irrelevant”. With guitar muscle out front, production and arrangement reminiscent of The Sweet or T-Rex and lyrics that flow effortlessly (but carry a mighty wallop), Giddings boils everything down to it’s most impactful ingredients. It’s all hook, swagger and smarts.
And did I mention that he can really, really sing.
Every once in a while I hear someone say “they just don’t make ‘em like they used to”. Next time someone says that to you, hand them a copy of Joe Giddings’ latest. You can pre-order your copy at Kool Kat Musik. Release date is September 18.