Walkin A Wire
Pete Scobell Band
2015 - FogBonz Entertainment, LLC. I have been sitting on this album for a few years trying to figure out what to say about it. Pete is a former Navy SEAL and we thank him for his service. It is not his service that turns me off; in fact it is his choice of songs that makes me question his intention for this album. Some new entertainers emerge onto the music scene filled with vast talents that include vocals, songwriting and musical skills. Nonetheless, there are those who arrive with only one common denominator—to enhance their ego. It is my personal belief that Pete Scobell is the later and my proof is within his choice of songs as well as his lack of creative talents. Pete includes songs written by some of country music’s well-known entertainers. I completely understand that some people can sing while others can write. Nonetheless, to include songs written by Cole Swindell, Dierks Bentley, Bryan White and Bobby Pinson; makes me question the legitimacy of this potential entertainer. On the other side, when I take a closer look at the music and Pete’s performance, I cannot say that I agree with his presentations of the songs. Five of the songs contain the same manufactured melodies as most of the music found in the country genre. This proves that he lacks the creativity needed to capture one’s attention. One song, “Hearts I Leave Behind,” contains so much rhyme that it destroys the subject matter as it sounds like a five-year-old wrote it. More so, it is his Rock-n-Roll fighting attitude that annoys and alienates this listener from this album. It is my professional opinion that Pete Scobell is nothing more than a want-to-be entertainer who is using his service to gain attention and feed his ego. $
(This review was printed in the May / June 2018 issue of Strictly Country Magazine.)
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