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Review: Danny Newcomb & the Sugarmakers, “Masterwish”

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Review: Danny Newcomb & the Sugarmakers, “Masterwish”

“Danny Newcomb & the Sugarmakers have crafted an enchanting rock record that wastes no time engaging listeners with warm, melodic goodness. Masterwish is the record Newcomb’s been waiting to make, and you can hear that inspiration in every note.”

Artist: Danny Newcomb & the Sugarmakers

Album: Masterwish

Genre: Power Pop/Rock

RIYL: Butch Walker, Cheap Trick, Brendan Benson

Danny Newcomb Masterwish

If I wish hard enough, it appears I’ll find one more truly great rock record to close out the year. And poof! Danny Newcomb just handed over his Masterwish like some kickass fairy grandfather.

Let’s get this out of the way: Danny Newcomb has been kicking around the Seattle music scene for a decent chunk of years. Yes, he was once in a band with Mike McCready of Pearl Jam. And yes, Masterwish was just released on McCready’s Hockeytalkter label. Most notably (and where you may recognize him from) was from the band Goodness, a touring act that was signed to both Atlantic and Immortal records producing multiple records and live recordings. In short, he has a long history playing in interesting rock bands.

But it turns out Danny wanted to write his songs, record something meaningful to him and front his own band.  So here we are. Celebrating that inescapable desire to create with the release of an inspired, melodic and instantly engaging record that got me excited to sit down and write about it. It’s the circle of musical life. The overriding feeling that hits you as you listen to Masterwish is one of joy. Danny Newcomb has a natural gift for rhythm, melody and fantastically satisfying guitar riffs. The sound is reminiscent of Cheap Trick or more currently an artist the caliber of Brendan Benson. The songwriting style bears a classic power pop vibe laced with glorious guitar work. It’s punchy, dynamic and completely captivating.

I honestly can’t find much to say from a critical view; the songs on this record are cleanly structured, focused and executed. It’s a COMPLETE record; nothing feels fragmented or unfinished, and Newcomb sings and plays with purpose. He writes from an honest and intriguing point of view that is only enhanced by compelling vocals and guitars that hit all the right notes. Highlights include the title track, “Known World,” “One Wish,” “Green Grass,” “Satellite,” and “All is Lost.”

Danny Newcomb & the Sugarmakers have crafted an enchanting rock record that wastes no time engaging listeners with warm, melodic goodness. Masterwish is the record Newcomb’s been waiting to make, and you can hear that inspiration in every note. This is the kind of record I always want to listen to: power pop-rock that’s completely irresistible and timeless. I can’t recommend this record enough; Masterwish was just what I didn’t know I needed.


Danny Newcomb & the Sugarmakers: http://dannynewcomb.com/

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