The Driving Test – FATEA MAGAZINE
A Musical Car Ride
Whilst we would love to give every album/EP/single a full indepth review,we are only human and don’t have a time turner so we aren’t able to give every release the time and attention it deserves.
In the past that would have ment that we either reviewed a release or we didn’t, but now we have a third option, a middle way.
The solution here has been a simple one. Rather than review individual artists’ CD’s at length, we play them one after the other on a long car journey. The simple listening test is: “are they bearable in the car – interesting, enjoyable, not distracting”. This may not be how the artists want us to hear their work, but it’s how a lot gets listened to for the first time and at least raises awarenes! The rating system is simple and provides a shorthan for reference.:
***** Classic album, standout artist – a joy to listen to anywhere
**** Great album – the perfect soundtrack to a long car journey
*** Good album – pleasant background in the car – but nothing unique
** You have to be a fan of this music/artist. I’ve spared you a review
* You are either the artist or a close relative. (As I’m not, sorry no review)
BeX – REVIEW: http://www.fatea-records.co.uk/magazine/news/DrivingTest2/
BeX – Story So Far ****
This is the first album that I have reviewed as a Road Test and I must admit that it is a very different way of assessing the receipt and joy of new music. BeX is a singer songwriter from the Isle of Wight but her musical roots are firmly based in Nashville. Over the last few years there has been a flood of artists who have joined the Country music scene and some are better than others. Bex is most certainly better than most and lovers of this genre of music will lap this album up. She has a great voice, a real rocker when needed combined with subtlety at times. She possesses the type of voice that will sit perfectly in the home of Country music. I have to say that the accelerator took some beating with a couple of the tracks here. A delightfully produced album! (RS) by FATEA MAGAZINE.