Vinyl Soup – The Beacon Within

Vinyl Soup – The Beacon Within
Creek Slide Records – CSR 1003
If anyone thinks psychedelic rock is passé, they have not experienced Vinyl Soup. The Nashville-based foursome has been around for about ten years and recently went through some personnel changes, but have come out on fire with their third release “The Beacon Within”. You can compare them somewhat to Phish in their heyday, as they have that sort of wide open jam feel backed by true musical prowess. Vinyl Soup has their own indelible style, however, with an often even-handed juxtaposition of rock, jazz and soul that creates an exuberant vibe. Everyone in the band has serious chops but they don’t flaunt them merely for flaunting’s sake. Everything is in place for a reason while still keeping an organic vibe. Check out the unbridled rocker “The World Stood Still”, the Caribbeanesque “The Roof” and the jazzy folk of “Corner Cafe”, and you will get a good broad spectrum of what these guys are capable of. The words have meaning, too, as they can make you think, laugh or cry with their honest and frank emotions. Vinyl Soup has proven to be a delicious musical stew that you will no doubt have you coming back for seconds. OK, I know that sounds cliché, but it is true, and one listen to “The Beacon Within” and I am sure you will agree. – MW



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