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The moment I started listening to the first track off of Elijah Tucker’s Saturn, the second solo album from Tucker, I was transported to another era. His incorporation of blues, jazz and rock and roll lead each song in a different direction. Each song was a different memory frozen in time. But as much as the instruments tugged at my heart, my resistant fell on vocals, which continued to surprise me and let me down in each song.
"Gimme Gimme" was the first single that I was able to listen to off of Elijah Tucker’s Saturn. This song has the upbeat tones and instrumentals that instantly transported me back to the 1950’s with more rock and roll than doo wop. The lyrics are simple, “What I want, is what I need,” but at times the vocals fell flat and turned me away from the song. A line such as “stranger danger,” was something that I couldn’t take seriously. My feelings at the first song were mixed.
The song "Crazy Things" starts off and with the introduction of a saxophone, I felt a 60’s vibe. So far, I look how I can differentiate decades. Tucker’s voice is mellow and melts with the sound of the present saxophone. It’s a sensual mix and his tone is smooth and richer than before in "Gimme, Gimme."
"A Crimson Gleam": An opening filled with nothing more than a few simple chords on a guitar, this song is the epitome of rock and roll on this album, with the smooth addition of drums.
"O Pain! Piano": A strong piano opening, Tucker relies on the strong entrance of musical instruments in each of his songs. The strongest song on the album, but I can’t help thinking that it reminds me of another song.
"If I Only had a Brain": For anyone who has ever seen The Wizard of Oz, this song starts off with the image and description of a scarecrow. This is the first song where another singer's voice is included. This voice takes up most of the song.
Other songs fell flat and became repetitive in their use of jazz instruments and weak vocals.
Tucker’s songs open up into moments of his life and aren’t as vague as most other singers make songs about love and heartache. Tucker has a jazz, rock soul that can be heard in his melodies and his use of instruments. His lyrics are simple and easy to follow. His songs offer an insight of a simple man who is just experiencing the ups and downs of life. But with weak vocals that lead me astray and dissatisfied, I give Elijah Tucker’s Saturn 2.5 out of 5 stars.