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No Depression magazine review of “Blurred”

No Depression 1/28/13

“The discovery of the year? Who knows at this early junction, but clearly Blurred is an easy contender. Never mind the fact that Wise released his debut a decade ago and has remained conspicuously silent ever since; Blurred is the kind of album that commands immediate attention. Opening track “The Rule of Joy” is prefaced by sweeping piano and a world weary vocal that suggests its author measured all different aspects of what the title suggests. Other tracks purvey the same solitary stance — “Someone Else Like You,” “Blurred” and “Don’t Slip Now” among them — but that doesn’t mean Wise isn’t capable of raising a ruckus. “Blame on My Shoulder” has him affecting a Keith Richards-like slur for a rough hewn rocker that offers proof he’s more than just another lovelorn crooner. Besides, few other artists could cover Steve Forbert’s signature song “Romeo’s Tune” and pull it off like it’s his own/ Likewise, the arrangements are penetrating and precise, veering from tropical rhythms to lounge-like serenades and even a hint of funk and R&B. Blurred is assured, the stunning example of why Wise is well worth watching.” (www.alexwise.com

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