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Emil McGloin - The First Time Around

The First Time Around

Emil McGloin

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Bob Gottlieb

This disc could have everything going for it. There are good catchy tunes, some wonderful harmonies, very good musicianship, and well-written tunes. However just as you begin to get into it, it is all over. For an initial disc to be a mere 24:58 in this day and age is pointless. The sadness is compounded by the fact that what is committed to disc is very good. At times Emil McGloin sounds like the Beatles. Like The First Time has not only some beautiful harmonies, but a sound that is very reminiscent of the Beatles on Rubber Soul or Revolver. That same 1960s vibe they achieved is present in the song too, as well it reappears at times throughout the disc. It is the dominant theme that runs through the disc, popping up here and there, submerging for a time only to raise up again and again. A very pleasant feel that unites the disc. The lyrics are strong and support this theme which is also supported by the backing musicians. McGloin plays a plethora of instruments, guitar, bass, Moog Rogue, harmonica, baritone guitar, xylophone, keys, and vocals. His backing musicians however play some of the more interesting credits seen in a long time. Dan Datiles - beat box, keys on shoe, newspaper on bench, bracelet on music stand, chest bass, cardboard box, congas, drums, windbreaker, lap claps, water bottles and tambourine in credenza; Nate Weida helps out with piano, organ, keyboards, backup vocals, lap claps, and curious mouth noises. This interesting group of instruments is used to most excellent effect and very effectively employed.

This isn't a gimmicky disc, but a very good beginning even though it is all too short.

Track List:

  • Hanging Over
  • Like The First Time
  • On My Way
  • Burning On
  • Never Know
  • Wheelbarrow Blues
  • Good For Nothing
  • Stonim Hygiene

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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