There is no question that the German guitarist and singer Florian Hofer has great musical potential. But as is so often the case with such highly gifted people, he also finds it difficult to concentrate on the essentials. To say it: On "Reaching" there is plenty of material that makes you sit up and take notice and that has been produced in a gripping way, while other material splashes past you or doesn't really get to the point. It's understandable that Lenny Kravitz producer Henry Hirsch of all people got the Germans into a New York studio, as many of his songs seem like a demo of an idea by the American. Mostly with more Blues and Hardrock ingredients than Kravitz. But despite great guitar work a lot of sustainability rarely comes out. Best song of the album is "Carrying", which reminds a bit of the acoustic Neil Young songs of the early seventies. A lot on "Reaching" is and remains typical Showcase Mucker music. Other things like the ZZ-Top-like "Reigning Me" are simply fun. You'd want more of that from your mid-twenties next time.
Top Track: Carrying