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Arthur Fowler - What's Keeping Me Going

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Arthur Fowler may have grown up as a Jimi Hendrix-loving singer/guitarist, but he's since evolved into a far more gentle singer/songwriter type. His album What's Keeping Me Going is mostly filled with humble singing, (mainly) acoustic guitar work - which is topnotch - and Fowler's front porch philosophizing.

As a matter of fact, Fowler sounds to have fallen more under the spell of Bob Marley than Hendrix because both "Please Try" and "Love the Music" groove to a reggae beat. Fowler's one nod to Hendrix, a cover of "Room Full of Mirrors," is done has a kind of acoustic, Cajun accordion number, rendering it nearly unrecognizable from the far louder original. Fowler takes on the work of a another icon with his cover of Neil Young's "For the Turnstiles." His rendition is highlighted by some soulful harmonica playing, which gives it a kind of Willie Nelson feel.

Fowler shows off his jazzier side with the swinging instrumental, "Twilight Breeze." It's worth noting that Fowler is a passable, but not strong, vocalist and his lyrics can be a touch awkward in places. He's at his best, therefore, whenever he just lets his guitar do all the talking - as he does so beautifully with this track.

Arthur Fowler's What's Keeping Me Going is recommended for its smart cover songs and exemplary guitar work.

Arthur Fowler - What's Keeping Me Going
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