Album Review::Jesse Harris – Feel

New York City’s Jesse Harris has a new record entitled Feel, out on the Velour Music Group. The songs for the most part are fairly straight forward numbers centered around the acoustic guitar, and enhanced by the occasional violin, banjo, and percussion. Feel is an exposition on solid songwriting skills from the opening title track to the closer Fire on the Ocean. Occasionally, such as on You and Me, Jesse Harris’ phrasing is somewhat reminiscent of a David Gray with more melody. Furthermore, Jesse’s vocals and lyrics are full of emotion and character without being strained or seeming forced, giving off a tone of authenticity. One of my favorites on the album is the banjo plucked I Would, which moves slightly below mid-tempo, and theorizes about the what ifs of life. However, the flagship song on Feel has to be After All, which sounds the most like a full band song. The album just kind of flows by and before you know it, all the songs have bled into one and it is over, which lends itself to my theory that Feel feels like it was made with a movie in mind.

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