“The Valdosta Daily Times’ 2007 article described I Sometimes Think as “a poppy blend of groove and soul with a nice slice of edge.” Naked is both more raw in its emotional impact while more refined in its musicianship and production. Naked is a CD about “love, love gone bad, running, the stress of the office, the Zen of the river, runaways, prostitution, and death.”
This second CD maintains a pop quality fueled with a charging rock attitude. And it’s just some unvarnished great music.”
Valdosta Daily Times
“Power-pop aficionados looking for some new stuff from the deep underground, try out Atlanta-based singer-songwriter Baskin's new effort. All the touchstones are in place: grabby tunes, stacked (but not heavy) guitars, shiny vocal harmonies.”
“Steve Baskin hails from Valdosta, Georgia (ok, now he's from Atlanta). He is a singer-songwriter and usually, we picture coffee shops and tip cups with those terms, don’t we? But Baskin has a raspy, dark voice that gives everything an edge. “How I Feel” is very Southern Rock. “Where You Are” has a modern rock sound, in a very good way. Baskin calls himself “Adult Contemporary”, but if I were his manager, I’d come up with something else – he’s got a great rockin’ sound.”
Southern Fried Magazine
“If its textured Americana alt/pop-rock that you're into, then you'll dig Naked, by Atlanta-based, Steve Baskin. Surrounded by a stellar band, they create soundscapes that accurately articulate each song and Baskin's vocals.
Album opener, Catch Me If You Can, is overly poppy, and lends itself to all listeners. It comes across like a blend of Counting Crows and Blue October. Later track, A Day in My Shoes seductively explodes with a great, soaring lead guitar riff. The melodies aren't quite as singable, but the hooks come at you one after another.
Something Smells Fishy belongs main stage at Bonnaroo. Its jammy and catchy all the same. Clearly, these guys know their way inside a studio. Their sounds are solid, and they all complement each other song after song.
“Naked opens with "Catch Me If You Can", a catchy rocker with a candy-coated chorus you won't soon get out of your head. "Please Don't Leave" plays in much the same vein, a classic rock roll love song with a chorus that sticks with you. "Something Smells Fishy" is likely to be a fan favorite, particularly live; an upbeat yet dark blues tune that will have you hitting repeat. "I Think I Love You" is pure bubblegum, and doesn't seem to change much no matter who covers it. It might just be the perfect pop song and is therefore very hard to make a mess out of. Baskin gets it right with a solid rendition.
“Naked is a subtle yet powerful album. This album is full of hard driving yet nuanced tracks that take you on a journey through the soul of a singer/songwriter surrounded by top-notch talent. I hope you will enjoy this album as much as I have!
Gumbo Show with Joe
“Excellent singer/songwriter acoustically grounded pop that reminds me a lot of early 90's Soul Asylum when they were doing that commercial "Runaway Train" thing. Baskin has solid power pop roots being in Atlanta's great 90s band, The Hippycrickets. This is the sound of sitting on the back-porch with friends and breaking out the guitars and having a nice BBQ and good local beer. Fans of Toad The Wet Sprocket, Josh Joplin, early John Mayer, Edwin McCain and Duncan Sheik check this out.
Very Highly Recommended!”
Not Lame Recordings
"I Sometimes Think" is a poppy blend of groove and soul with a nice slice of edge.
Some listeners may hear a Beatles influence in Baskin's song "Better (I Can't Sleep)" especially followed by his hard-hitting, slowed cover of The Beatles' "A Hard Day's Night," but "Better," Baskin laughs, owes more to a riff from the Atlanta Rhythm Section than it does John, Paul George or Ringo.
Valdosta Daily Times