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Seth Walker

Time Can Change

Reviewed by Jim Caligiuri, Fri., Sept. 7, 2012

Texas Platters

Seth Walker

Time Can Change

Leap of Faith, Seth Walker's previous release in 2009, was an unexpected success. A savvy mix of country, blues, and folk, it drew recognition from critics and audiences nationwide. The follow-up retains the locally woodshedded guitarist's soulful groove, yet takes a more intimate approach. While Walker's become known as a contemporary bluesman, it's a stretch to call anything on Time Can Change blues. The genre's influence is certainly present, but Walker's attempts at a croon fall somewhere between Harry Connick Jr. and Michael Franks: smooth, and at times weary, but almost always pleasing. That lends an appropriate late-night tropical breeze to Time Can Change, from the chill opener "Love Is Through With Me" and reggae-fied "Wait a Minute" to the finger-snapping gospel of "More Days Like This." Stripped down and nearly informal, Time Can Change presents Seth Walker as an artist both brave and decidedly comfortable in his own skin.

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