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The Clumsy Lovers - Smart Kid

Smart Kid

The Clumsy Lovers

Nettwert 0 6700 30419 2 8

Available from Nettwerk Records.

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Mike Jurkovic

Most reviewers won't tell you this but sometimes we crash into a brick wall. We listen to a disc, put it aside. Listen again, put it aside. Listen, put it aside again. It's almost like our actions sometimes speak louder than our words.

I like this Vancouver, BC based quintet's quirky lyricism and devil-may-care attitude towards mixing bluegrass with folk rock while adding sparkling musical interplay and Celtic flavorings. Bassist and main songwriter Chris Jonat enjoys a good story as much as the next guy (lead-off track Bobby Banjo, Save For You and the title track are excellent examples). All the while fellow Clumsies Andrea Lewis - violin, vocals, Jason Homey - guitar, mandolin, and ferocious banjo, Gordon Robert - drums and Trevor Rogers - vocals, carouse and cajole.

Like I said, I like Smart Kid a lot, I just can't quite put my finger on it or offer up some bon mot of pop punditry. Whether they truly are clumsy in matters of the backseat and the boudoir, I don't know. They know their way around their songs and their instruments though.

Track List:

  • Bobby Banjo
  • Save For You
  • Coming Home
  • London Bridge
  • Stand Up
  • Smart Kid
  • People I've Been Meaning To Thank
  • Better Days
  • Okay Alright
  • Cock of The North
  • Don't Worry
  • Clumsy Lover Intro
  • This Is Clumsy Love
  • Rockefeller
  • Not Long For This World
Produced by: John Webster

Edited by: David N. Pyles

Copyright 2005, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.

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