Singer-songwriter Stephen J. Mordue, a seasoned North East gig playing veteran with almost 20 years of gigging experience under his belt, has recently released his debut mini-album entitled ‘Rain Dirty River’.
The mini-album makes for 21 minutes of pleasant (but not overly captivating) listening. Stephen J. Mordue isn’t really the strongest vocalist in the North East right now – his vocals are raw but just not powerful enough for my personal taste. However, while his vocals aren’t breathtakingly amazing, there’s something soothingly clement about the sweet sounding melodies and heartfelt lyrics. And also, each song on ‘Rain Dirty River’ blends into the next almost seamlessly, which makes it an easy listen.
‘Rain Dirty Rivers’’ main downfall, however, is that the sound is not entirely unique, and therefore it doesn’t really out from the crowd.
Two of the stronger songs on ‘Rain Dirty River’, for me, are ‘Love Song’ and ‘You’re The Only One’. ‘Love Song’ boasts a catchy sing-along chorus that manages to bury itself into your subconscious for you to hum to yourself as you get on with your daily tasks.
‘You’re The Only One’ has a different sound to it than the rest of the tracks on the album, as Stephen has put down his trusty acoustic guitar in exchange for a tinkle on the ol’ ivories for this slower and eerie love ballad.
All in all, ‘Rain Dirty River’ is a good mini-album, but really nothing more than just ‘good’. If Stephen J. Mordue had perhaps experimented a little more and gone outside of his comfort zone then it could have been something magnificent.
You can listen to the mini-album now on iTunes, Spotify and Amazon.