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Neptune Bay - Neptune Bay

Neptune Bay

Neptune Bay

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

Don't be put off by the first song called Lemme, which is really the old folk song I know as Ride Me High, very slightly reworked (who knows maybe this is the actually title). This band shows more roots than that not very inspired version of a familiar song, an odd choice to lead off the disc. They do a nice reggae version of Bob Dylan's, I Shall Be Released, with Joy Sumberg handling the lead vocals here. They really click a lot more when they move more into up tempo tunes or a blues mode. There is some good acoustic playing done here with some effective use of accent handled on the Dobro. There is a great amount of percussion work and drumming that is not credited to anyone, nor are the song writers given any credits (it does say all the songs are by Neptune bay except Everything is Broken, and I Shall Be Released are by Bob Dylan; and Evangelina is credited to Hoyt Axton). There is no excuse for this on this disc with some very nice art work on the cover. This is a pleasant group of folk artists that are now calling their music rootsy, rockin' and blues, but it is folk music played with a few more people playing at once and some electronics. To compare their sound to John Hiatt and Alison Krauss is very misleading. It is good as this group plays well together; Sumberg has a good voice when she does the lead vocals and there is some interesting Dobro work, it is just puzzling when they don't credit the rhythm section which is what gives the disc its drive.

Edited by: David N. Pyles

Copyright 2005, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
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