Reviews of Laurel Mill
ARTIST: DOUG YOUNG
The explosion of solo fingerstyle guitar in the past decade has been nothing short of incendiary. Great players are giving workshops and teaching at camps all over the U.S. and Canada (and overseas), and small-shop guitar makers have sprung up to meet the needs of this growing market. So what do you do if you have found a niche, have some great guitars, and have some time on your hands? Record your own CD. That is just what Doug Young has done on his first recording, "Laurel Mill", recorded at home in his garage where his son’s punk rock band practices. Young has a guitar collection to die for, and he has done something right, because the Wingert and Ryan guitars used on this recording sound absolutely fabulous. The disk begins with a tune "No 2 Ways About It", sounding very much like a cut off Laurence Juber’s "Altered Reality" CD. Then we hear more of Young’s musical ideas, and he has a fine sense of melody and developing a song. While employing altered tunings (who doesn’t these days?), some highlights include the beautiful "Night Whispers" and a simple, yet lovely arrangement of "Shenandoah". While Young doesn’t get up and stomp, his clean playing lays down some nice listening. He even does passable covers of the Beatles’ "I Will" and "Rhiannon" by Fleetwood Mac. This is one of the best self-produced initial efforts I have come across, and if proof is in the playing, well, this one’s seen a lot of time in my CD player lately.
© Kirk Albrecht , 2003
Tra tanti chitarristi muscolosi e ipertecnici, fa sempre un enorme piacere sentire una chitarra suonata come uno strumento melodico che sappia imprimere melodie larghe e aperte, senza bisogno di super scale, accordi e diavolerie varie. Doug Young, anche se qui al suo primo lavoro viene dalla vecchia scuola di chitarristi acustici che sapevano esprimere una ballata, una visione lineare con lo strumento. Young sa sposare la tecnica con il gusto e la semplicità senza strafare con accordature iperboliche e con arpeggi inusitati. E' proprio questa naturalezza e semplicità che rende effervescente il lavoro di Doug che riesce,ad esprimersi con eleganza e gusto particolare. Un album di gustose melodie per l'amata sei corde.
Translated to English:
so many hypertechnical, full-bodied guitarists around, it's always a joy to
hear a guitar played in such a melodic way, as an instrument that can impart
loose, open melodies, with no need for super scales, chords and other
tricks. Although this is his first work, Doug Young comes from the old
school of acoustic guitarists who knew how to get a ballad across, making a
coherent vision with the instrument. Young knows how to blend technique with
taste and simplicity, without going to town on extravagant tuning and
unusual arpeggios. It's this naturalness and simplicity that make Doug's
work sparkle and allows him to express himself elegantly and in his own
individual style. An album of beautiful melodies for the much loved
"... Doug Young is someone who certainly excels in playing guitar music with intimacy and tenderness."
Read the full review at http://www.xs4all.nl/~guitars/reflection.html
"...one of the better acoustic fingerstyle guitar CDs I've run across in a long while"
Read the full review at http://www.rambles.net/young_lmill03.html
"...This is unpretentious yet sometimes adventurous music, so guitar aficionados should enjoy this as much as the more casual fan of the instrument..."
Read the full review at http://www.windandwire.com/april04/laurel_mill.htm