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GeoReview: Mutlu, Livin' It
By Clayton Ruley
 

Produced 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 the fullest.

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 intimate club.

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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