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CD Review
Martin Sexton - Sugarcoating

Martin Sexton

Record Label: KTR Records
Review by John Noyd
June 2010

Recorded in a week’s time; the tenderly rendered, clear-eyed, “Sugarcoating,” polishes off a sparkling variety of American styles. From Western Swing to Gospel-inflected R & B, Sexton’s buttery voice wraps compassion around honky-tonky hanky-panky and nuanced sympathies inside light-hearted jazz-pop assaults Drawn from deep wells of talent-laden emotion, Sexton’s live off the floor recordings dazzle in their embarrassingly casual competence. A friendly gentleness nudges winks and prods while the disarming, folksy, “Sugarcoating,” ladles breezy blessings over classic forms. Appropriating musical traditions for personal concerns, Sexton’s soulful jive sizzles as his slick pickin’ shimmers, lyrics pouring forth like sun-baked molasses, sneakily at ease between tumblin’ tumbleweed harmonies, salty twang and galloping patter.

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