First Appeared at The Music Box, September 2002, Volume 9, #9
Written by John Metzger
Peter Stuart’s career received quite a kick-start when he latched onto the Counting Crows’ 1994 tour as a backing vocalist. From there, he went on to form Dog’s Eye View where he scored his own hit single with the hook-heavy Everything Falls Apart, but the band dissolved after just two albums, leaving Stuart to go it alone. Earlier this year, Stuart returned the music scene with his solo debut Propeller, on which the Crows’ Adam Duritz and Charlie Gillingham both appear. The album draws largely from the same well of guitar-based pop and heartfelt balladry as the Crows and Toad the Wet Sprocket. However, while one could easily hear Duritz or Toad’s Glen Phillips sing any of the songs — Stuart cops the vocal style of both — mimicry isn’t always the answer, and the intangible magic of the original artist is inevitably missing.
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1 Star: Pitiful
2 Stars: Listenable
3 Stars: Respectable
4 Stars: Excellent
5 Stars: Can't Live Without It!!
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