Tim Vaughn: Read Between The Lines Review

Read Between the Lines, the second album from blues rocker Tim Vaughn showcases powerful guitar lines and gritty vocals, but the album is dominated by cliché tunes and a stunning lack of soul. Vaughn has clearly spent a lot of time writing very specific arrangements of his tunes, but the arrangements are so air tight that they don’t give bassist Dave Anderson or drummer Bryce Lemky any room to add their own individual voices to the album.

Vaughn’s vocals have a very in-your-face type of feel, as does his guitar playing, but his in-your-face tunes show no real soul or emotion. Similarly, the album is comprised of ten original tunes that you would have sworn you heard before. Vaughn’s talent as a musician is undeniable, but he has yet to become his own man and this album proves it.

Vaughn describes his sound as a combination of many prominent blues and rock artists and bands, such as Los Lobos, Radiohead, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jimi Hendrix, but in reality, his power trio sounds much more like a power pop/early hard rock group, reminiscent of Black Sabbath, AC/DC or Starz.

To be fair to Vaughn, the album isn’t bad, it simply does very little to separate itself from countless other artists. The band plays together, although it lacks personality. The tunes aren’t bad, but they’re not terribly original either. Vaughn’s guitar chops are quite good, but not good enough to separate him from fellow blues rockers. There are some redeeming tunes to the album, specifically “Thirst” in which Vaughn showcases his Stevie Ray Vaughan influence and a slightly funky tune in “Back Before the Dawn.” In short, there’s not much that’s wrong with the album, but it does very little to separate itself from an extremely crowded field.

The Review: 6.5/10

Can’t Miss Tracks

– What Can I Do to Make You Mine
– Thirst
– Back Before the Dawn

The Big Hit

– What Can I Do to Make You Mine

Review by Nik Rodewald

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