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John Garrison
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Reviewed: 11/10/2009 by Ryan

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The introduction for many of us to John Garrison is a good one. He's been around for awhile, but this feels like his first 'real' introduction. This isnít his first solo record and fronted a band called Budapest that was signed to Universal for awhile. He even has done some touring with James Blunt, playing in Bluntís band. Garrison, from the U.K. seems to draw a lot of influences from artists from that area. His music is kind of like the meeting between Coldplay, Snow Patrol, and Blunt with a heavy dose of world music flavor. Itís not ideal all the time, sometimes it can get a little boring. That said, even when a song runs into another or drones on a little too long you can always hear the creativity that Garrison is striving for. Thatís what makes this a good record, itís that constant feeling that youíre listening to something that someone put their entire heart and soul in to. ďLetís RunĒ and ďSo CloseĒ arenít bad tracks, those are the tracks that youíre going to get placed in front of you to listen to the most. They're not bad but the real song you need to listen to is ďAlexander & AnnabelĒ is the track you need to listen to though. It has amazing lyrics, amazing music, and really the song that defines the creative spirit of the album. Iím not going to lie and say this album is for everyone because itís not. It can even take a while to warm up to. But if youíre tired of listening to the same thing over and over, and you're looking for something different and something good, check out John Garrisonís ďDepartures.Ē

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