Looking For Egypt
China Moon Productions
A review written for The Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
Eric Garrison has produced more than twenty records and that is quite evident when you listen to his latest CD, Looking For Egypt. The overall sound is as important as the individual music or lyrics on this CD of mostly lazy-afternoon pop songs.
The best way to describe Garrison's singing is by comparing his cover of Walk Away, Renee to Jimmy Lafave's version. When they both sing, "Don't walk away Renee / No I won't be following you," Garrison's version sounds as if it is describing a light-hearted summer teenager relationship coming to its end, while Lafave sounds as though he's going to die at any moment. While Garrison sounds as though he won't really follow Renee, it seems as though Lafave has no choice but to follow her or kill himself. So, if you're ready for an easy-going mood, there is a lot of beauty to this CD. The songs flow easily, one after the other, and give the peaceful impression that life will be beautiful and nice forever.
The list of musicians on Looking For Egypt is quite impressive: Rick Danko, John Platania (who played with Van Morrison), Garth Hudson, John McCutcheon, Rex Fowler, and less known, but certainly not less effective is violinist Carol Sharar. Sharar appears in one song, Brown Coat, and, as always, makes it the best song on the album. No revolutions here, just plain good songs- mostly love songs, with a nice easy voice and great music. Now, look for your significant other, grab a good bottle of Bordeaux, and enjoy.
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All songs By Eric Garrison except Walk Away, Renee by Brown, Sansone, Callille.
Edited by Kerry Bernard (firstname.lastname@example.org).