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Johnny Irion - Ex Tempore

Ex Tempore

Johnny Irion

Available from Johnny Irion's web site.

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

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If you were asking me to try and pin down Irion's sound I'm not sure I'd be readily up for the task. There's a lot of humanity. Neil Young similarities abound. Then again there's the Lovin' Spoonful and the Basement Tapes. You can hear a country-fried Syd Barrett with a sneaky Rundgren-esque streak.

Irion's arrangements are so loose-limbed it's a wonder any of these songs hold together. Like a nut house lecture, you're left scratching your head yet oddly compelled to listen again. Think Beck without all the modern day accoutrements careening into a riff driven, Beatles Birthday sounding Madrid. Hear the unraveling Beach Boys psychedelica with the honking sax. Relish the Dylanish Short Leash as it bookends El Tempore with the Lennon-like closer Fragile Humans.

With songs like Good Cry, 1,000 Miles An Hour, She Cast Fire and Roman Candle listening becomes as compulsive as a game show as his open air melodies have you wondering whose riff he's nicking, whose middle eight comes next. Yet it all works under his banner. If you need another name drop, try Dan Fogelberg. Yes, Dan Fogelberg. How many contemporary singer/songwriters can add that to their impressive resume? In closing, I would like to thank his press people for including his debut recording, Unity Lodge a very fine listen also.

Track List:

  • Take Care
  • Short Leash
  • She Cast Fire
  • Roman Candle
  • Eyes Like A Levee
  • Madrid
  • Brush Yer Teeth Blues #56
  • Good Cry
  • 1,000 Miles an Hour
  • Always Looking Out
  • Fragile Humans
Produced by Ryan Pickett and Johnny Irion

Edited by: David N. Pyles

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

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