Review: Invisible Hand by Tom Mullen in Hollywood Digest

The term ‘invisible hand’ is a metaphor for the unseen forces that move a free market economy. Adam Smith introduced the lingo in 1759 and this income distribution term has stood the test of time. Singer/songwriter Tom Mullen’s new track “Invisible Hand” further explores this term in song, with a rocking backbeat. Mullen’s monetary muse is one thing – the talent put into this song is another big thing and it pays off.

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Don’t worry, his song isn’t all stock market lingo or balance sheet references. Mullen’s laid back vocal vibe, complete with Roger McGuinn (The Byrds) like vocals. Mullen’s words blur the line between folk and Americana. Honoring a bit of protest songs of the past, but with a broader rock and roll glaze, “Invisible Hand” is one man’s case for letting the capitalistic/free market world continue. Afterall, Mullen sings, when you leave it to people, they will do the right thing. With so much strife in the world, it’s nice to hear a clean, clear song like this. Mullen’s congenial voice is a nice balance to what I’m assuming is a Gretch guitar or a Buddy Holly Strat. The tone is warm and an upbeat rhythm. They say a central plan is what we need, to overcome all this thoughtless greed. All for one, and one for all, he sings. The guitar curls around his voice. Just When he sings the words just leave it up, there’s a nice harmony, with the cymbals hitting at that exact moment. It’s a charming little bop moment. I really enjoyed the guitar arrangements.

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