Magazine article Acoustic Guitar

Former McCartney Wingman Delivers Another Sweet Fingerstyle Beatles Tribute

Magazine article Acoustic Guitar

Former McCartney Wingman Delivers Another Sweet Fingerstyle Beatles Tribute

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Laurence Juber

LJ Can't Stop Playing the Beatles!

(Hologram Records)

No post-Tin Pan Alley pop songwriters have written more indelible melodies than Lennon and McCartney. And no instrumentalist- certainly no other acoustic fingerstyle guitarist-has plumbed the depths of said melodies, and explored and extrapolated the internal harmonies of Beatles songs, so deeply and satisfyingly as Laurence Juber. Can't Stop Playing is essentially Vol. III of LJ Plays the Beatles, an enterprise the Grammy-winning guitarist launched in 2000. (Juber's extensive catalog of more than two-dozen solo albums also includes One Wing, released in 2005, about 15 years after his two-year stint as a member of McCartney's Wings.)

The compulsion implied by the title is born out in Juber's forceful chording, which lifts off from deceptively facile-sounding arpeggios and runs, and pushes some of these 14 pieces, such as "Hey Jude" and "If I Needed Someone," into an overdrive mode that approximates the Fab Four's collective vocal and instrumental energy. …

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