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Joe Miralles Trio

Joe Miralles Trio
Narrow Path - EP

Street Date: September 22, 2018
Style: Pop Rock / Folk
Official Website: JoeMiralles.com
Buy It: iTunes



Singer/songwriter Joe Miralles has spent most of his career as a solo artist, releasing his material at his own steady pace. But after the release of his 2015 EP, Five, Miralles decided it was time to put his creative talent together with other musicians, teaming up with a bassist named Nick Priessnitz and a drummer and keyboardist named Gary Houk to form the Joe Miralles Trio. The trios debut, Narrow Path, makes for an easy transition for longtime listeners, bearing similar sounds and influences as Miralles on his own. Glorious Night gets things started, giving us the EPs strongest offering right at the forefront, with a sound like that of Jars of Clays self-titled debut. Interestingly, it feeds right into Blue, which adds some unexpected country twang to the mix. The title track is a mid-tempo acoustic song with thick bass and a message of hope in Christ coupled with a warning that theres only way to Heaven and its through Him. Something about the sound and the arrangement of the song brings to mind Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, even Miralles lower vocals. One probably wouldnt mix up the two singers if they were heard side-by-side, though. In an almost jarring change of pace, the trio takes the listener to the realm of bluegrass in I Owe You. Im not entirely convinced that Miralles vocals pair extremely well with bluegrass, but the song works as a whole. The songs structure is rather basic bluegrass, with a two-note bass line and a steel guitar, but its a pleasant sound nonetheless. The EP closes with a unique song (at least contextually) called Break; the chorus boldly sings, You might see some pain, but youre never gonna see me break, and Miralles declares that hes holding onto Jesus through the hard times, because thats where we get the strength to keep going. If youve enjoyed the music of Joe Miralles in the past, but havent yet listened to the Joe Miralles Trio, you can rest assured that youll be getting the same quality of tunes, and in a relatively similar style. Narrow Path is a solid EP that should appeal to fans of classic, acoustic-based rock music, as well as those more partial to the sounds of 90s alternative.

- Review date: 11/18/18, written by Scott Fryberger of Jesusfreakhideout.com


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