Country-tinged power pop
Vista's Clay Colton Band specializes in power ballads with a country-tinged rock approach. The band's new album, "Looking Back Ahead," ranges from the anthemic "Roses Don't Mean a Thing" and "Little Feet" to the tender and sentimental "Daddy's Last Dance."
But the band also has the chops and self-confidence to knock out a spot-on cover of Neil Diamond's "Holly Holy" and take on an energetic reading of Dylan's much-covered "All Along the Watchtower."
Lead singer Colton wrote or co-wrote all the other songs here, and they are solid, melodic tunes that lend themselves well to his rich voice. The lyrics tell personal stories of modern living, from being a non-custodial parent to the natural, normal heartache of watching your kids grow up and leave the nest.
The four-piece band has a nice, relaxed groove to it, creating a solid foundation for Colton's vocals to soar above.
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