Warning: prolonged exposure to Joey Wright’s latest offering, Hatch, may leave you in a state of permanent bliss. If you think you can handle it, read on…
Hatch is the third album by Wright, however this album is a bit different for him since this is his first time taking over the vocal job. He’s definitely not a bad singer.
The instrumentals are, for lack of a better word, very pretty. His songs are very intricately arranged and maximize the sound of his guitars. The strings that are in some songs are all very elegantly worked in.
And as I said, Wright is definitely not a bad singer. He’s got a soft voice that probably has instant calming properties and it fits the laid-back style of music he plays.
For a few songs he goes instrumental, and those songs are no less than any of their vocal counterparts. My favourite of the instrumental tracks is “Strollin’” which has a tropical island feel to it.
Finally, he keeps his songs lengths (for the most part) short. This prevents his material from getting stale. On his longest song, “Sunrise,” however, I found it went on a little long. But this was quickly remedied by the following song, “Big Baby.”
In short: pleasant vocals, laid-back melodies and appealing instruments will work together and calm anyone who dares listen.