A very fine review by Pär Dahlerus at Uppsalanyheter.se of Allen Finney’s album Salt Breeze with Kites. In the article Pär Dahlerus also compares the album with John Hiatt’s new album.
Read the article in Swedish Uppsalanyheter.se. Below a translation of the review.
"Two albums from two American artists with close similarities, but still from two different worlds, Allen Finney and John Hiatt. Finney has been living in Sweden for more than thirty years and has just released his album "Salt Breeze With Kites". He is a well known name in Stockholm blues circles, and yes, this album has blues elements, but I would call it mainly Roots-Americana. The album is made up of 11 original songs, one of them co-written with the passed away and greatly missed artist Sven Zetterberg. The album is given out by the small Swedish company, MoJo music. Allen Finney sings, plays guitar and harmonica and gets help from a gang of skillful Swedish musicians. Guitarist Christer Lyssarides has a prominant roll with his fine and sensitive playing. The album is very well produced by Robert Ivansson who also plays bass and sings some backup vocals with Mona Johansson, Jana Persson and Charlotte Berg. All the participating musicians do great work. The music is "comfy", laid back, and keeps a high international standard. Finney has a smooth and perfectly fitting voice for this type of music. Musically, I think of J.J. Cale, Guy Clark or, why not, John Hiatt. Hiatt's new album has similarities with Finney's fine album. I would think an internationally established musician like Hiatt has a much bigger budget to back him up. Nonetheless, Finney's album holds itself to the same high class." ....."The Eclipse Sessions", and Finney's "Salt Breeze With Kites" are fine albums in the same catagory of Roots-Americana. Allen Finney and John Hiatt are also similar "voice-wise". Finney's Americana is more blues influenced while Hiatt's is a little more country. These are 2 very fine albums I've listened to. Right harmonious and fine music. In fact, Hiatt's song "Over The Hill" reminds me of J.J. Cale and the guitarist could just as easily be Christer Lyssarides as Hiatt's guitarist Yates McKendree. I like them both and consider them very near the top. For each 9/10 (9 out of a possible 10)". (Per Dahlerus, Uppsalanyheter.se, November, 2018)