Review Lust For Life Magazine

This is already the fourth solo album by songsmith Eric Devries. An especially intimate album where the Amsterdammer is accompanied by gitarist Janos Koolen, bassist Lucas Beukers, violinist Joost van Es and Sophie Janna on backing vocals. The twelve songs are nearly all acoustic and would fit in perfectly with Matthews Southern Comfort’s repertoire, the band that Devries was part of for the last four years. And that means friendly retro-country rock from the American West-coast, with meaningful lyrics and melodies that effortlessly find their way  into your consience. In ‘Another Round’ Devries takes a jaunty sidestep into Bluegrass and also the following songs ‘Don’t Let Me Be’ and ‘But For The Grace’ lean heavily towards this genre. Kind of in the vain of Chris Hillman and his Desert Rose Band from days gone by. There is, to be fair, nothing wrong with ‘Song & Dance Man’. On the contrary, it is without a doubt one of the best albums from The Netherlands in this genre this year. 4 stars out of 5

Musik Global schreibt..

Der Niederländer gehört zu den ganz grossen Americana Musikern ausserhalb der USA und auch bei den Amerikanern kann er mithalten. Eric Devries spielt ein exzellentes Fingerpicking und auch seine Stimme passt besten in das Americana Genre. Er wird von hervorragenden Musikern an Mandoline, Bass, Dobro und weiteren Instrumenten begleitet. Zu hören gibt es Country, Folk und Blues und auch seine Texte haben ein Niveau. er erzöhlt uns Geschichten, u.a. auch über den Sonntagabend in Amsterdam. Ein Album das man nicht alle Tage hört.

Fredi Hallauer

Rootsville recensie

Met flarden van bluesgrass en country komt singer-songwriter zijn prachtige americana-album “Songs & Dance Man” voor te stellen. Een 12 nummers tellende album waarbij vanaf opener “Little White Lies” alle zorgen die we de laatste periode over ons heen kregen als sneeuw voor de zon verdwijnen.

Mooi en bijzonder ingetogen gebracht is “Soften The Ground”. Ballads als “All I Know How To Do” of het met Ierse folk flirtende “Another Round” nemen je moeiteloos mee in deze wereld van “Songs & Dances”. Volledig weg dromen doe je bij het beluisteren van de prachtige ballad “Mary” en bij de klarinet tonen op “Sunday Eve in Amsterdam” besluit ik zo maar out of the blue een city-trip te bestellen naar die Nederlandse hoofdstad…mooi, zo mooi.
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Review ‘Song & Dance Man’ at The Barrier

John Barlass from At The Barrier.com writes: {..} the real icing on the cake is Eric’s clear, tuneful voice, which manages to suit each song absolutely perfectly – and you’d never guess his Dutch roots – his is a voice that comes to you directly from Nashville! Song & Dance Man is a thoroughly rewarding listening experience. {..} Song & Dance Man is an album that needs to be heard – and once you’ve heard it, you’ll want to repeat the experience again and again.  click to read more..