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Midwest Soul Xchange - New American Century

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Midwest Soul Xchange is the combination of Ryan Summers and Nate Cherrier, who trade off vocals on the album New American Century.

Although the group includes the word 'soul' in its name, you won't hear a lot of what might be considered American soul music over these 11 tracks. Instead, the sounds of Pink Floyd seems to have had a bigger impact on this act's overall style.

Slower, moodier fare tends to rule the music on this release. This mood is nicely broken by "Has Anybody Seen Bob," however, which rolls to a jaunty groove. This one has a winning frivolity about it that's endearing. The cool acoustic guitar that drives it is also memorable. Guitars also sweetly color "Four Score and Seven to Go."

In some instances, as on "Revolt of the Guards," Midwest Soul Xchange comes off as political. However, it's difficult to decipher specifically which causes they support or oppose. Otherwise, this music is fairly moody, but always compelling. The group has a sound that will, in equal parts, appeal to classic rock fans and alternative music hipsters.

Rather than going for a soul sound, Midwest Soul Xchange seems to be reaching for the spiritual souls of its listeners. Whether they hit this mark or not, they've certainly made a fine effort with this release.

Midwest Soul Xchange - New American Century
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