This disc has a brooding feeling of impending disaster coming down sooner or later. The feeling is fostered by the tone set by voice, the music and the confusion and angst in the characters he is singing about. His deep rich voice seems to carry not only the weight of he world but also a feeling of menace for those that wrong him, be it either intentional or out of unintended circumstance. At times this discs sound like some of the other songwriters coming out of Texas; people such as Robert Earl Keen and Ray Wylie Hubbard, only there is more of an implied threat here. His songs are strong and literate with a vivid imagery that brings his pictures to the forefront no matter how stark the feeling might be. It is not always an easy disc to listen to as it is a bleak outlook. It is definitely, however, a point of view that needs to be heard, and it does speak out with an impassioned force. The backing musicians on this disc deserve a large dose of credit for helping him to turn his inspiration into this reality. The musical tone really matches up beautifully with the overall tone of the disc making it very hard to resist the compelling sound he captures. An especially strong debut offering from this promising singer/songwriter.
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