Doug Prescott's The Journey & the Deep Blue Sea plays like a meeting between
Boz Scaggs and Jimmy Buffet.
While the bulk of the material leans heavily on 70's rock, Americana and funk,
(similar to a soundtrack from a 1980's Whoopie Goldberg thriller) there are some
very sweet tracks here that hit the spot. The production throughout the album is
on point, if not a little too sterilized. Doug and his players come
off as being super seasoned musicians, but I would love to hear a little more
character and off kilter style.
To these ears, it would interject more of his personality. The lyrical content
is definitely a testament to his character and makes the listening fun.
Songs like "Oh Maggie" shine with soulful horns and earthy changes,
conjuring up the great Van Morrison. Another standout is "Hideaway", rich with
a rootsy gospel vibe, weeping slide guitar and group harmonies. The groove and
melody of "Silence Speaks Volumes" is the most interesting and unique of all the
songs, takinginfluence from reggae then leading you into an excellent change
into a minor key chorus, reminiscent of The Animals.
The Journey & the Deep Blue Sea is definitely a great soundtrack for your next
road trip across the great Homeland of the American Mid-West. Keep a look out
for Doug and his band as they spread their
gospel of truth, integrity, and above all, having a good time.
- Jenn-e-Fresh, Working Rhythms