Reviews of Will Kimbrough, Linda Marie Smith and More
Weekly music roundup.
Published: January 14, 2014
“When I wrote [‘Home Economics’] I knew that I really had something,” Kimbrough says. “It felt like an album could be built around it. So I started going through the 50 or 60 songs I’d written over the past few years and began pulling together the ones that seemed to fit.”
Job done, sir.
Terry Jacoby & Rummler
The ability to play your instruments is important, boys, but don’t forget the heart, soul and, yes, balls.
Linda Marie Smith
Smith has been compared to the likes of Sarah McLachlan, Jewel and Aimee Mann, but her work doesn’t have any of the poetic beauty that those artists are known for, and her voice isn’t nearly as pretty. She can hold a note, though, and there is a cute charm to ditties like “Mearra.”
That’s great. It’s great that he’s getting out and about, and pulling in inspiration from real people. His vocal style has a high pitch and that can come across a little whiny, but the tunes are strong and so he can be largely forgiven. Unfortunately, all too often the lyrics sound a little Flight of the Conchords, as if patched together at the last second, like a bad stream of consciousness exercise. It’s all too much like, “Here I am, in a place, there’s a girl, she’s wearing this thing, there’s a dude with another dude and they’re doing something over there.” At some point you have to ask yourself, “Who gives a shit?”
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