Terence MartinGood Dog Records
PO Box 364
Montvale, NJ 07645
Produced by Terence Martin and Dennis Hrbek
A review written for the Folk and Acoustic Music Exchange
For some reason, listening to singer-songwriter Terence Martin's new CD Waterproof reminds me of a warm, starry California night, with a soft breeze blowing through the window. |
The imagery in these eleven songs is sharp, but at the same time gentle; the word "dreamlike" comes to mind.. In Augustine Creek he draws a picture with the lines, "He threw me in the water to teach me how to swim and like Moses I just floated away from him." The words are carefully laid out, and nothing is wasted. I also especially like the poetry in Folding Chairs when he describes, "...a temper like a pistol, a heart that breaks like crystal, these are the things you put away."
This is an acoustically based CD, with lovely guitars, Dobros, mandolins and harmonicas. Terence Martin's voice is smooth and reassuring throughout and the production nicely supports him. He tells of love and longing, but never in a judgmental way. He seems to be more of an observer than a participant, and that's okay as we watch his characters reaching forward or back in time as they seek love in uncertain circumstances.
I like the balance he achieves with his songwriting. One of the more telling lines on Waterproof says, "I wrote this song and drank the ink of the words I didn't need to make amends for love's loose ends and familiar mysteries."
This album very well done and is a nice follow-up to Martin's first CD Division Street, which I also enjoyed very much. Among the current crop of singer-songwriters, Terence Martin is a real find.