Slaid Cleaves' Holiday Sampler
A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
Slaid Cleaves is Texas singer-songwriter not known for his sense of humor. His albums are usually about pretty dire topics, sung in a solemn tone. On his Holiday Sampler EP, Cleaves delivers five songs that represent the holiday season from October through February, including two that showcase his rarely seen funny side. |
This EP allows him to show off his sense of humor with a song like Monster in Law, his Springsteen-like tribute (think Pink Cadillac) to a creepy mother-in-law. Cleaves is quick to point out in his liner notes that the subject of the song bears little resemblance to his own mother-in-law. Monster in Law is an older song that, although a favorite of fans, has not been recorded before.
November Skies was written by Mark Farrington, Cleaves' Maine friend and singer-songwriter for his band Cattle Call. A touching song about the changing of the seasons and the growing up of a young man, November Skies ranks as one of the best songs I've heard this year.
One Good Year is a reworking of his #1 Americana hit from his 2000 album "Broke Down." The song takes on a bit more celebratory tone with the inclusion of Oliver Steck's wonderful trumpet.