by t-bone wolk, Livin’ It,
features Mutlu's guitar and singing skills
with some well-known artists like Daryl
Hall (of Hall & Oates fame), G. Love,
Raheem DeVaughn Mercedes Martinez and
Amos Lee. Mutlu starts out the album
with the title track "Livin' It",
an energetic track about doing you to
Hall joins him on "See What It
Brings" and both trade riffs on
and off the instrument in this bluesy
cut about keeping a positive attitude
going into everyday.
Mutlu gives you more examples of his
prowess on the guitar on "Upside" and "Hello
Morning" but it's his songwriting
on Marilyn, a track about a lady leaving
her man and what's familiar to her.
Over a slow tune Mutlu talks about
life moving so fast you are living
in the past this some is deep stuff.
Jamaican influences are flowing strong
on "Shaky Ground (part 2)",
a student and teacher cut about knowing
yourself and keeping a gauge on what
you want and are. G. Love raps on
the smooth cut and also plays the harmonica.
There are times when all of us struggle
to accomplish our goals or get what we
want. "Make It There" talks
about that with Amos Lee joining in an
eye pleasing tune. All of us have mothers
but mamas are few and far between and
when mamas leave it's a problem.
Mutlu talks about this in "Mama's
Not Coming Home", a folksy cut that
makes you feel like you are in a small
Making good decisions is important especially
in love and life and "Think it Over" talks
about that over easy-sounding track you'd
hear on a contemporary station. DeVaughn
adds his style with Mutlu’s on "In
Your Heart", a cut about finding
and doing what feels right inside.
Overall a sweet-sounding first full-length
project and this soulful artist of different
sounds capable of hearing more than once.
I'll give it 4 GeoGlobes.
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