This is one of those records you would like to really appreciate, yet somehow you can't quite say that you love it or even like it, at the same time you don't dislike it. The voice is pleasant and mild, maybe too mild, not enough of a 'notice me' quality to it, thus far too little notice is paid to it. If you don't pay attention to the voice you don't hear all the little twists he puts into his songs. The guitar parts for the most part are either just strummed chords or some pleasant simple finger picking. Again there is nothing outstanding to grab you, the listener, and 'force' you into the song. At the very same time there is nothing much to have an aversion to here either. In fact the most entertaining and riveting portion of the disc is the story of being asked by his brother to 'entertain at his nephew's fifth birthday party, at which he realized his brother had never listened to his disc. After trying some there was some bedlam and the boys wanted... Well I'm not going to tell you, you'll just have to listen to The Dinosaur Ate Barbie and find out for yourself. The people backing him leave him room to relate his stories and their playing is done very tastefully. The little vignettes that are in the booklet to give some background on the songs are very entertaining and show that there is some real promise here but at this point it remains promise.
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