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Marsh, Seth - 1991 Whole Lotta Noise

ARTIST: Marsh, Seth
ALBUM: Whole Lotta Noise
SERIAL: 35 801-2
YEAR: 1991


LINEUP: Seth Marsh - vocals, guitars * Mike Landau, Bryan Lemar - guitars * John Pierce, Montague - bass * Charles Judge - keyboards * Arlan Feiles - piano * Jimmy 'Z' Zavalla - harmonica, saxophone * Kenny Aronoff - drums, percussion

TRACK LISTING: 01 Whole Lotta Noise * 02 Just Getting' By * 03 What's On Your Mind * 04 Porsche * 05 Devil Talkin' * 06 Sexy Little Number * 07 After You * 08 Love Keeps Hiding * 09 King For A Day * 10 Try And Understand * 11 Look Ma, No Hands

Seth Marsh comes from a long line of midwest based rockers who found a home at a record label somewhere at the turn of the 90's decade. I have to say, the album line-up is extremely impressive, and you'd be thinking that Marsh's album advance must have been significant if he could afford the likes of Aranoff, Pierce and Landau to turn up and play. Well done to him then. Musically we are talking of a sound that fits somewhere between Henry Lee Summer, John Cougar Mellancamp, Mitch Malloy and INXS - a strange mixture for sure. The upfront guitar befitting the comparison across all these artists.

The Songs
'Just Gettin' By' is good midwest stuff, prime open-top music to blast down the freeway. I quite liked the AOR smoothness of 'What's On Your Mind', very radio-friendly which would've sounded OK on the airwaves. Along with the other ballad onboard 'Love Keeps Hiding', both are highlights. The guitar edge kicks in on the singalong rocker 'Porsche', and this is enhanced on 'Sexy Little Number', complete with horns and brass, though I gotta say, it didn't do anything for me. 'After You' has a bit of Billy Idol's commercial 80's swagger about it, which is a good thing. Probably the best rocker here is 'Try And Understand', it's very melodic and the Mike Landau solo is a recognisable standout. The closer is a swamp blues workout called 'Look Ma No Hands', a track that Jimmy Davis would feel comfortable with.

In Summary
At the end of the day, I come away from this album a little more enlightened as to who Seth Marsh is and what style he is playing, but more than a little disappointed at the musical output presented. I tried hard to like it, but hey, we can't always like everything. It isn't wholly bad, and there are a couple of good songs onboard, but it didn't excite me in the same way that other similar artists were doing around about the same time (namely Rick Matthews, Joe Pasquale, Worrall etc). For the wholeheartedly curious among you I would suggest..

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