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“'‘Dead Rock Star’ reminds us why it's impossible to define what makes one band essential and another transient - but Steve Baskin has that indescribable quality that will later be described as classic to the pop canon.'”

“‘Dead Rock Star’: Baskin alive, well on new CD Steve Baskin’s latest CD, “Dead Rock Star,” has a lot of flavors. Pop, country, classic rock, bluegrass. Mostly original songs written by Baskin, or Baskin with co-songwriters. And a killer sorta-kinda bluegrass, twang-fest, big-brass-backed cover of Queen’s “Killer Queen.” There are threads of his current home in Atlanta, his old hometown of Valdosta, the sensibilities of a guy who runs his own business but never lost his musical soul, a man who’s made new musical friends but never forgot his old Valdosta musical friends who also live in Atlanta and those areas just to the north of us. They’re all available. These flavors. Each tasty one. Right there in the music of Baskin’s “Dead Rock Star.””

“The album has a neat balance between the purely fun rock songs and a more polished adult pop sound. This album is really strong from the start until the end. Whilst essentially a pop/rock album, there is enough diversity to keep you interested all the way through. The likelihood is that you will see quite a few of the upbeat, poppy numbers being added to your favourites list so they can accompany a day in the sunshine. It will appeal hugely to those who like the more rocking side of the power pop genre.”

“Atlanta-based veteran singer/songwriter Steve Baskin (The Cindy Wilson Band, The Hippycrickets, HugoAgogo) has a new solo LP. His unique mix of southern fried power pop reminds me of Matthew Sweet, John Mayer, and Brad Brooks. It's got a big bass guitar sound on the opener "Kissed Me Forever," similar to Joe Walsh and it makes a great impression. "Single Think About You (Chinchilla)" is another great song with a steady riff under each verse and a killer guitar solo. He shifts gears on "I'm Down" to the lovelorn singer songwriter, but we go back to rock on the dynamic title track. He's a skilled balladeer on "Nobody Died Today" and bluegrass picker on "If I Died Today (I'd Still Be Young)." He even does a countrified cover of "Killer Queen." Together it's a pretty varied mix of styles that somehow works. Overall a superb showcase for his talent.”

“This Atlanta-based singer-songwriter is back with his third album, and this one is the best of the lot. It has a "big" sound, with big hooks and big melodies that remind me of fellow Atlantan Butch Walker. The opening 1-2 punch of "Single Thing About You (Chinchilla)" will leap out of your speakers. One of 2015's early best.”

“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.”

Dean Poling - 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.”

ES - Creative Loafing

“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.”

Col. Tamar Alexia Fleishman - 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. ”

Ross Christopher - Awaken Music

“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. ”

Wildy's World

“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! ”

Joe Koufman - 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!”

Bruce Brodeen - 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.

Dean Poling - Valdosta Daily Times