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The Alternate Routes - Good and Reckless and True

Good and Reckless and True

The Alternate Routes

Vanguard 79822

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A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Bob Gottlieb
(taoboy@cox.net)

An interesting band that sounds like it has some very dynamic potential primarily because of a literate lyricist who doesn't waste a lot of words, which translates into some interesting songs. From the notes it seems that all of the songs are written at least in part by the band with the lyrics being credited to Tim Warren, the lead singer and acoustic guitar player of the group. They are a 5-piece group, in addition to Tim Warren, there is electric guitar, bass, keyboards, and drums, and two of the other members of the group do some additional vocals. There are times when the music portion doesn't seem to fit with the lyrics, however that is something that might just be personal perception. There seems to be at this point some searching for a more solid direction as far as the musical flow goes, and this is based more on feel than any specific that can be pointed at. Now don't go off thinking that this makes the disc irrelevant or a mish mash, it is a good solid disc that is anchored in what is now called roots music. Maybe good solid rock and roll might be a better term. There is some of the frenetic and fuzziness of garage and punk bands that just seems a bit out of place here. The playing is solid and many of the songs have interesting stories to tell that step beyond the ordinary perceptions. A lot of promise is shown here and it will be interesting to see the directions the group chooses to go.

Track List:

  • Ordinary
  • Who Cares?
  • Hollywood
  • Aftermath
  • Going Home With You
  • Time Is A Runaway
  • Endless Conversation
  • California
  • Are You Lonely?
  • The Black And The White
  • Please Don't Let It Be

Edited by: David N. Pyles
(dnpyles@acousticmusic.com)

Copyright 2007, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.

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