Joe Whyte makes it entirely correct. He sounds a bit like Ryan Adams, or maybe Jesse Malin, he writes good lyrics and he turns together amazingly good songs - and then he plays harmonica that sounds exactly like Steve Earle. Then he combines this to create album "Devil In The Details".
"Devil In The Details" came out in 2007, and since then, Whyte has been picked up by a larger management, and has toured with several of the big names in Americana environment in the United States.
And it's no wonder, when you hear the quality of what he delivers.
After the debut of "The Lower 48" in 2005, he has worked steadily to build careers - and we are now waiting for the next disc. It suggests an EP in May ...
Back to the "Devil."
Plata reminiscent of Ryan Adams Hear Breaker / Gold his term, unless they have the same approach to texts. Where Ryan Adams writes straight from the heart hanged, then Whyte more the observer and the observer, but from a very personal point of view. He also writes very directly, it needed little interpretation of diffuse images to understand how Whyte will with their lyrics. It can of course be explained by the Whyte lives in New York, where the get a different worldview and focus than in North Carolina.
Whyte has a voice that is incredibly comfortable to listen to while he sings in a way that audiences have described as "haunting".
Plata ranging from rockers like "Mercury" to slow songs in almost gospel back feel like "No More", but has a lot of country-references in several songs, such as first song "This Foolish Heart" - where there is both mandolin and country fiddle as major constituents.
Other song "Let Me Down" could be both produced and sung by Ryan Adams Heartbreaker-his term.
Many would perhaps say that Whyte is a little too closely with Ryan Adams, but since I'm a big fan of Ryan, and he just is active during the day (if one disregards metal album he just created), then that's fine for me. Also when he plays harmonica like Steve Earle on the title track "Devil In The Details".
As mentioned in the press Whyte little more in the song "Mercury," and here one hears also what is in man, both lyrically and låtmessig. Not the same Ryan Adams track here, but with a frying pen pedal steel that is in the background during some guitar and banjo.
"Linden Two LA" continues on the same track, and it is clear that it is these songs Whyte is itself, and should certainly compare with anything so I'd rather draw some parallels to Whiskeytown. "Wrecking Ball" is probably a good track, where Whyte shows off what is in his voice.
After a couple of slow songs in the little quiet genre via said "No More" and then "Out Of Tune" and "Just In Case", then switch Whyte with the usual "second to last song on the album is the album's worst" concept that are now widely used, delivering a damn good song in "It's About Time", before ending with "Ring Around The Moon" that most of all reminds me of the old Rainmakers. Rainmakers with pedal steel in this case. And there is simply no bad thing ...
All in all, this is simple, it's clean and it is most of all very good! Recommended for Americana fans.