This new disc from Dan. Vaillancourt, who seems to be an astute observer of human behavior, takes his songwriting to a new level of quirkiness, and is even sharper and more incisive than his previous efforts. He has a knack for taking what he observes and recounting it in a way that is nonjudgmental in a song. He is truly one of the eclectic original and iconic wordsmiths writing songs today. The songs are those of the natural born storyteller put to some idiosyncratic music that will constantly keep the listener on edge for what or where the next jog in the musical road is going to occur; you might liken it to riding a horse that isn't full trained and is still jumpy around civilization, it might go along fine until it boggers and heads off in a different direction. There is no intent at harm but if you aren't paying attention you might find yourself in some unfamiliar terrain and not have any idea how you got there. Mind you that is not a bad thing as it keeps one on his toes and paying attention to what is going on. It is Vaillancourt's attention to the smaller details that sell the stories as being real. Listen to the way he tells the story in the song Amusement Park and you can probably relate to the person/events he is singing about or know a person like that. He's one of the freshest and most original tunesmiths writing today as he opens up the music with vivid new directions and changes that seem to materialize out of lovely distractions. His band stays with him thru all of his shifts and direction changes and gives him the platform and support needed to be able to make those changes so there has to be a round of applause for them thru all of this wonderful recorded mayhem.
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