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Album review: 'Forever Shine' 

Nate Coffey

"Forever Shine"

Self-released

Comin' on long and strong a little like Gary Moore, Rochester's Nate Coffey uses his guitar to set fire to everything in sight on his new CD, "Forever Shine." Now with this one, Coffey has really got his fingers in the mix, up to the second knuckle. On some of the tracks, like "You Are the Angel," it's a veritable Coffey buzz with the prolific musician playing all the instruments.

The opening two tracks, "Gotta Know" and "Souls to Shine," have Coffey showing exactly why it is he's such an in-demand guitar slinger, teacher, sideman, and hat model as well as a permanent member of the Flour City's gregarious gift of groove, The Buddhahood. But not everything on "Forever Shine" is incendiary: for example, check out the mellow detour of "Song for My Friends" — my de-facto favorite after a coupl of spins. The record has a pleasant, rhythmic ebb and flow front to back. It's the sound of a smile, and just an all-around good album.

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