CD REVIEW: Mark Humble - One Centre Streett
By: Cyrus Rhodes
Artist: Mark Humble
Album: One Centre Street
Label: Independent Artist
Genre: Americana, Classic Rock n’ Roll, Jam Band
Sounds Like: Bon Iver, Elliott Smith, Shins, They Might be Giants
Weakness: Short Sided CD, Repetitive Catalogue
New York based singer/songwriter Mark Humble just released his latest effort entitled Once Centre Street in 2011.
The CD kicks things off with “More” a slamming rock groove ditty that serves up Americana guitars, driving rock rhythm against no holds barred fretwork and impressive harmonies. Track 2 “Wait and See” shifts gears a bit with heartfelt vocal delivery that flows and ebbs it’s way though to emotional fruition. Track 3 “Time Again” keeps things moving with its hypnotic guitar ambience, impressive vocal harmonies and dynamic vocal feel. As the CD quickly unfolds I can hear influences ranging from Bon Iver, Elliott Smith, The Shins They Might be Giants and The Rembrandts. the The music has everything you would expect from a melodic guitar driven Americana CD. The vocals are amazing, melodic and straight forward. The guitar playing is hot to the touch. There are also touches of Classic Jam band but with a 50’s Psychedelic-Rock flair. Humble’s vocal style works extremely well with this style of music. I might add his timing is spot on and his vocal intensity strives to not try to hard – dead in the pocket. I also noticed a few hot to the touch guitar solos along the way. rhythm section - lays down the low end groove thick as a brick. What I like most about the music is its sheer easy going groove and song for song vibe. By track 5 the CD hits solid stride dishing out many impressive songs in a row. This latest CD from Mark Humble delivers 9 compelling tracks all providing an interesting snapshot of an amazing artist with thought provoking lyrical wisdom with messages that are entertaining, passionate and extremely captivating. From grooving "Come On, Come On”, to psychedelic “Falling on the Ground” to heartfelt “Motorcade” to melodic “Crossword Puzzle” this CD pretty much has something for just about everyone. The CD ends with Track 9 “Who’s that by my Window” the perfect finale statement for a CD of this caliber.
All songs over 3 minutes tend to drag you to the finish line. This is not the most dynamic/polished mix I’ve ever heard however it matches the retro style of music perfectly. CD tends to sound a bit repetitive song for song. I also wish there were say 3-4 more songs to make it a fully loaded release.
This latest release from Mark Humble is a solid musical statement from start to finish. It's strength – the strong song for song consistency and impressive songwriting touch that keeps coming at you. There’s not a weak song on this entire catalogue period! The musicianship is first rate, the songs are short and sweet musical experiences. Each one possessing a unique personality, flair, and signature groove. It The music is rock solid, grooving and will get you jumping. What am I trying to say? Mark Humble rock the house that’s what!