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Review: Sean Wiggins, “Clothing Optional Fridays”

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Review: Sean Wiggins, “Clothing Optional Fridays”

Clothing Optional Fridays is a relatable and rollicking reality-check that just happens to feature some great vocals and pretty mean guitar licks. Sean Wiggins & lOne gOat take their seasoned songwriting skills and put them on glorious display with this record.”

Artist: Sean Wiggins & lOne gOat

Album: Clothing Optional Fridays

Genre: Country blues rock

RIYL: Bonnie Raitt, Melissa Etheridge, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Indigo Girls

Sean Wiggins Clothing Optional Fridays

Upon first listen to Sean Wiggins, it’s tough to believe that she lives in LA. But then a look at this road-tested artist’s touring schedule will help you put in perspective where that bluesy, rootsy, woman-of-the-world rasp comes from. Sean Wiggins & lOne gOat are now seven albums (and over 10,000 CDs sold) into an independent music career that has spanned a decent chunk of time and seen its fair share of songwriting awards. Listening to the most recent record, Clothing Optional Fridays, it’s easy to hear why.

There’s an easy confidence to Wiggins’ earthy, blues-laden vocals and the guitar licks courtesy of collaborator Paul Houston. “Grounded” is the perfect example of what’s great about Wiggins and Co. and the approach to music-making featured on this album: strong vocals, strong guitar lines, and accessible blues-rock with an edge. But though much of Wiggins’ music on Clothing Optional Fridays could be described this way, it’s far from formulaic or predictable.

“Sinners” and “Don’t Tell Me It’s Over” show off Wiggins more serious side, and they also highlight the rich, expressive vocal tone that’s a hallmark of her material. It’s on these songs that Wiggins captures the spirit of a soul rocker like Janis Joplin or someone more modern like Susan Tedeschi. She sings with an impassioned and joyful quality that just captivates you from the first moment through the end of the record.

“Keepin’ the Truck” and “Thank God for my Stalker” show off the one quality I haven’t yet mentioned, Wiggins’ ability to tap into a wry sense of humor and sing with a wink and a smile. There are plenty of artists that take themselves very seriously, and those songs tend toward feeling overwrought and undercooked. What’s missing is that soulful, rooted-in-reality experience that highlights her formidable storyteller-style of singing and song arrangement. Besides the twang in her voice, that’s the hallmark of what turns her music into a warm and wildly entertaining cross-genre of R&B-meets-country.

Most of all, Clothing Optional Fridays is a relatable and rollicking reality-check that just happens to feature some great vocals and pretty mean guitar licks. Sean Wiggins & lOne gOat take their seasoned songwriting skills and put them on glorious display with this record. It’s pretty shocking to think that Wiggins isn’t a huge star; but what I love the most about this record and her attitude in general is that she keeps on keeping on because it’s a labor of love. Look out for her on the road, because that’s where you’ll surely find her singing about life and living it to its fullest.


Sean Wiggins & lOne gOat website: http://www.seanwiggins.com/

 

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