Live Review: Aaron Lewis of Staind — Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Hollywood
Wed, 02 Mar 2011 07:22:47
Aaron Lewis exudes a rare power. Just below the surface of his unforgettable melodies lies a tangible sense of emotion that's as riveting as it is remarkable. That medley of powerful, pristine vocals and a firm grip on life's darkness and light makes Lewis a music icon.
Performing on Jimmy Kimmel Live! last night, the Staind singer gave the packed audience two cuts from his solo debut, Town Line [Available Now, Stroudavarious], and that amalgam at the heart of his sound proved utterly captivating. Lewis kicked off the set with his hit single "Country Boy." Over an outlaw folk melody, he told his story with perfect delivery. Lewis's voice etched the hook into everyone's mind as the live audience began mouthing the words to the story of a boy who "grew up down an old dirt road in a town you wouldn't know." That's the most incredible aspect of Town Line. Aaron's hooks and storytelling share the same unique vibrancy.
As he played, it was easy to visualize the tale of his entrance into the music business and why he's still relevant. In jeans and a t-shirt, Lewis never bowed to the machine. Instead he wrote timeless, personal music and resonated with a generation. The music said everything on Staind's debut, Dysfunction, and it still does. With Town Line, Lewis has another modern classic on his hands. Ben "Kitt" Kitterman colored the sound with impeccable, inimitable dobro, adding country flourishes that impacted on every note.
After an overwhelming applause and some big smiles from Jimmy Kimmel, Lewis and Kitterman kicked off "Vicious Circles." Strumming out the song's opening chords, Lewis examined relationships, painting a portrait that elicited emotion with every word. It's a hauntingly beautiful track and live on Kimmel, Lewis played with each inch of his soul—like he always does.
Town Line is a crucial record. Unlike most modern "art," There's no pretense, bullshit, or ulterior motive. Instead, it's built on unique songs touching on every aspect of life with a sense of universality that's only been previously espoused by legends like Johnny Cash, Layne Staley, Kurt Cobain, Neil Young, and Bob Dylan. Add Aaron Lewis to that list and keep him near the top.
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