Beautifully blending a stunningly soulful vocal style with a Joshua James, Coal War-esque sense of build up and progression, Mutlu kicks off his new album in precisely the manner he intends to proceed. It’s a project that succeeds brilliantly in finding a league all of its own right now.
Mutlu’s vocal sound and ability is sensational, feeling authentically Gospel-inspired in a manner that’s mildly reminiscent of the likes of Hozier, though in this case there’s a lightness and classic soul with meandering notes style of delivery; almost tipping its hat to RnB in some ways.
As the album goes on, fragments of world music and even reggae emerge instrumentally – always reflecting on the underlying sentiments of each song, and on the passion and power (or intermittent delicacy) offered up by that voice.
Mutlu is a superb songwriter, and thanks to the organic and creatively refreshing nature of the soundscapes and set-ups that feature throughout Good Trouble, this skill is permitted the true freedom and strength it deserves; making for a playlist of original songs that connect and uplift and engage their audience in a mighty way.
An incredibly well-crafted album, from an artist who speaks from the heart and sings from the depths of his soul. Absolutely recommended.