Could you drive me home/Can you save my soul? … I don’t know what I want/But I want more and more. On his debut, Patrick Thomas sketches the immediacy and potential of a twentysomething life, where the struggle to get out of bed is reason to wonder about love and the universe. Similar thoughts surely fill the diaries of guys like John Mayer and Gavin DeGraw, and Thomas shares some musical angles with them too. Ghost Town Radio features his husky, soulful vocals over MOR adult alternative accented with layers of acoustic and electric guitars and some subtle programming. It’s not challenging in the least, but Thomas is an earnest, likable singer, and he finds hooks here and there. The electronic washes work best on “Otherwise,” which sounds like David Gray if he were a Midwesterner; “Human Race” is strong too, and the flirty, rootsy swagger of “Skin” probably goes over great at college town gigs. He looks to the Ben Harper songbook for “Trip” and the gentle piano ballad “Can I Stay.” His take on perfect girl daydreams and young man’s ennui needs definition, some uniqueness behind the jangle, but there’s plenty of promise here.
Johnny Loftus writes about music for Metro Times. E-mail [email protected].