Around Waitt is a tight sounding band with which he also tours. Together they create a at times hard beat, moving far away from the solo piano songs of the 2008 show. In the 80s there was Bruce Hornsby, but where after two songs beyond his only and number 1 hit, 'The Way It Is', I had to suppress some heavy yawns, with the fourth song into Stranger In A Stranger Land the fun is only starting. 'Stranger' is a ballad disguised as a rock song, that has the beauty of 'The Way It Is' while having this edge that makes it so much more interesting. 'Stranger' is simply much more powerful and rocks out with hard hitting drums and a turned up organ. Steve Waitt remains unperturbed, surfing the sound waves with his voice like a master surfer.
With Stranger In A Stranger Land Steve Waitt lays down a beautiful next step in his career. A step that took him eight long years, which is too long, but that is the way things are. The album is here and just begs listening and attention. There's only one Dutch show booked and it is in my favourite venue in Leiden, at the Q-Bus on Thursday 24 March. I'm going to be there and it would be a smart move if you'd be too. Magic exists and I've encountered it at a Steve Waitt show.
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