Now or Never
Singer/songwriter Steve Means may be a transplanted Nashville resident from Cincinnati with a college following, but listening to his second release Now Or Never, it would be easy to assume that somewhere in his resume was a stint at the Berklee School of Music. There isn't, but Means has that Berklee sound in which pop flirts with jazz. The guitar licks are tasty, the rhythm section has a percolating groove, and Means uses his phlemgy tenor to caress his sensitive, romantic lyrics, occasionally jumping into a falsetto note unexpectedly. Younger listeners inevitably will be reminded of Berklee's own John Mayer, while slightly older ones will think of Michael Franks. It's a sophisticated adult-pop sound that's pleasing on the ears and will not leave you disappointed.