Listening to Gary Fulton’s new CD The Devil’s Hand in my car and at home in my den re-created the atmosphere that I think Gary’s fans must experience and enjoy at a live performance.
Overall the CD is a stimulating experience with an eclectic mix of tracks. From this existing fans and casual browsers alike will conclude that Gary is an artist strong on lyrics and who composes rhythm and melody to encourage you to listen and absorb the story and message behind the words. The strong lyrics are at times too complex or full for the melody lines but this does not detract from the overall message the songs carry or the subjects they deal with.
The title of the CD The Devil’s Hand drew my attention to the lyrics in general as my adage as a songwriter, especially in the acoustic arena, is that lyrics are god, words should not be crushed into a melody line as to become incomprehensible, to just express a feeling or make a point, and most importantly the ‘devil is in the detail’ and the rewriting.
This new CD, however, should be well received by Gary’s large fan base in Cheshire and Devil’s Hand will be a welcome follow up to his two previous highly acclaimed CDs.
Anyone picking into this CD should find a track amongst those recorded to raise their interest in Gary’s songs and hopefully if he is their type of artist try to catch a live gig where Gary is either the supporting or headline act.
Gary is Cheshire based but as with all us Acoustic Anoraks I’m sure he’s ‘have guitar will travel’ and can probably be seen soon at a venue on Merseyside near you.