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Troy Campbell - American Breakdown

American Breakdown

Troy Campbell

LHR 2004

Loud House Records
712 Sparks Ave.
Austin, TX 78705
FAX 512.474.4319

A review written for the Folk & Alliance Music Exchange
by Moshe Benarroch

Troy Campbell was the lead singer of the new-country band "Loose Diamonds". The band had all the good ingredients but actually never released a great album of their own. American Breakdown is Campbell's second album, which follows Man vs. Beast released in 1998.

Campbell's approach to making a record is very much remindful of Jimmy Lafave, and Bruce Springsteen. He alternates rocking songs with slower ballads, and although his voice is less convincing than the two luminaries cited, he still pulls off good solid songs, one after the other. His rocking songs seemed to be more energy driving and convincing than his slower ones.

In the opening rocking song Sad Truth, a Dylanesque song, Campbell shows he has it, when he repeats "you you you" many times, almost like Van Morrison.
you you you you
what are the words am I supposed to say
you you you
it's the sad sad truth...

I enjoyed this CD, but finally Campbell does not come with a complete original option to the Texas sound. He sounds too much like the others, though, it is indeed like the best ones. He can be compared, as he has been, with Lucinda Williams or Robert Earl Keen, but I think there are many hints and many licks in this CD that show that he can invent himself as Troy Campbell, and not "just" as another good songwriter." Close, very close even, but no cigars! Probably next time.

Track List:

  • Sad Truth
  • World of Tears
  • American Breakdown
  • Sorrytown
  • Rosabelle
  • Sleeping Without You
  • The World Keeps on Ending
  • Blind
  • Pacific
  • Home After Dark
  • Ruby

Edited by: David N. Pyles

Copyright 2004, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.

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