Steve Denyes

Review for The Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Michele Scherneck

Famous, the debut album by Steve Denyes has little to do with fame and fortune beyond its opening track. "Scenic Route to Success" is an upbeat declaration of remaining true to self and appreciating the twists and turns that make the journey to success exciting and fulfilling. The other songs on the album range in style from the country music parody of "Lukewarm Water," to the hauntingly beautiful, acappella ballad, "Martin to Cecelia." These songs are a series of portraits of love's awakening, and parting.

"Lukewarm Water," sung with a slight country twang, humorously expresses the disappointment of a less than passionate love. "Martin To Cecelia" traces a couple's loving dialogue from the birth of their romance, to the couple's separation in death. Denyes cleverly uses music as a metaphor for the spirit that is the essence of life. My personal favorite is the poetic and passionate "If You'd But Agree." Reminiscent of songs by Gordon Lightfoot, Denyes couples a passionate plea for love with a mesmerizing, rhythmic musical backdrop.

The album features the strong, consistent vocals and guitar playing of Denyes. He is supported on several selections by simply a bass guitar, percussion, and the scarcely evident vocals of J. L. Porter and Kathleen Denyes. The album is produced and engineered by Steve Denyes and J. L. Porter.

In "Scenic Route...," Denyes sings, "I've come to see that getting there is more than half the fun." Steve Denyes has arrived with this album, and shares the pleasures of his journey.

Famous is available on
Permanent Records Del Mar,
P.O. Box 636
Del Mar, CA 92014

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