Michael McDermott had a lot to live up to when at twenty he was cast as the next Bob Dylan. With this on his back, he’s released his fifth album, Last Chance Lounge. It’s apparent he wasn’t discouraged.
It’s McDermott’s storytelling that keeps you listening. “Broken Down Fence” is a walk through the pain and joy of love. The lyrics also tightrope between good and annoying, like “between a hip-hop daydream.” Huh? “Unemployed” has a nice melody, but it’s also a bittersweet pill to swallow. Now, I can get into “Spark”. It’s not so simple, but it’s not quite unreachable either. “20 Miles” is a story that finds you sticking around until the end. “Bourbon Blues” isn’t new to fans and the remix is fantastic.
If you can get past his Bon Jovi voice, then McDermott is pretty enjoyable, though I won’t go so far as to compare him to Dylan.
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