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MUSIC: MASTIN – Suitcase Of Stories EP

| 3 May 2018 | Reply

MUSIC: MASTIN – Suitcase Of Stories EP
Independent
April 2018
Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar
7 ½ /10

Winning 2011’s Australian X-Factor reality TV singing contest was a dream for teen pinup Reece Mastin, and he lapped up the screaming girls and shallow pop industry attention… until he realised that he had no control over his career and was a puppet for the powers that be.

One head-to-toe rebranding exercise later, Mastin – now 23 years old and preferring the one-name-moniker, a la Diesel, perhaps – is professing a love for the blues and rock n’ roll with this born-again-rocker ‘debut’ EP… and despite this reviewer’s aversion to those cardboard cut-out singing programs, I must confess that it’s pretty damned good.

Over five self-penned tracks here Mastin traverses bouncy radio-friendly rock and blues with a spritely spring in his step. The One That Never Gets Away features some clever lyrics and a finger clickin’ catchy southern fried pickin’ guitar line as it tells atale of friends-or-more; The Problem is a bluesy ‘better off without you’ slow burner; Tell Me All About It’s sultry wail of heartbreak will be familiar to anyone who has loved and lost and opened a bottle of bourbon afterwards; Not The Man For You is libidinously playful pop rock with a bit of spice; and the title track is a slow and soulful blues belter with shades of Barnesy or Diesel to its credit.

There are many so-called ‘real’ rockers & critics who will never forgive Mastin the follies of his youth, but if someone had offered me that fame and its perks when I was sixteen, I’d have seized it hungrily with both hands and would probably not be here now. To Mastin’s credit he’s grown up in public and found where he wants to be musically, and it’s well worth checking out.

Shane

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