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Lucas Reynolds
The Space Between The Lines

Rating: 3/10 ?

March 13, 2007
There was a season not long ago when Lucas Reynolds was a part of something exciting. His band, Blue Merle, cleverly blended the commercial pop sounds of the Dave Matthews Band with Nickel Creek's mainstream bluegrass stylings to forge an infectious-yet-unique album. Not to mention the fact that Reynolds' vocals could win a Chris Martin impersonation contest hands-down.

But things rarely work they way they're supposed to in the music industry and Blue Merle no longer exists. Instead, Reynolds has chosen to strike out on his own, channelling his energies into a solo EP. The Space Between The Lines, unfortunately, only shows that the sum was greater than the parts in his case.

"Everything Leaves Its Mark" starts the album with simple drum loops and mandolin strums and is actually an enjoyable track, to some degree. Reynolds allows the instrumentation to carry his voice in a way that leaves fond memories of Blue Merle lingering in the air. But by the time "The Sound of Your Life Moving On" is in full swing, it is readily apparent that Reynolds is over his head without his bandmates. The track seems like a longer version of Martin's "Parachutes," only less interesting.

The only notable on "Speak Up" is Reynolds' dedication to bacon sandwiches. "100 Different Directions" actually ends up going nowhere fast, beginning with a promising piano entry and staying in the same territory for the entire number. Only the Blue Merle holdover "Every Ship Must Sail Away" is able to provide some respite here from The Space Between The Lines' largely forgettable sounds.

The best thing for Lucas Reynolds to do is to figure out what went wrong and correct the problem. What was once promising now figures to get lost in the shuffle.

Reviewed by Matt Conner
A contributing writer, Matt Conner lives in Anderson, Indiana.

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