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Shaun Paul Gordon - Grand Central Nowhere

Grand Central Nowhere

Shaun Paul Gordon

Available from CD Baby.

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

This is an interesting disc that shows promises for future projects and yet leaves a great number of questions still on the table. Gordon starts the disc off with a very swampy Mississippi hill blues number, Breathin' A Lie, that has a great feel to it, and then goes to a more a ballad, She Goes Down, that seems to loose some energy and the vocals slide back down in the mix. Followed by a very nondescript kind of country-rocker that looses more steam, and the mix is such that nothing leads the song on, not the vocals, not the guitar which is muddy. Actually the sound on the next few songs is quite muddy with very little capturing the ear until we get to an acoustic blue-grassy number that rises up and because it is acoustic and a completely different tempo perk some interest again in the disc. So it goes on the disc, too many songs that don't hold the ear of the listener, there were times when you don't know when you are listening to a radio station or you have a disc in.

Yet the songs, when closely listened to, are fairly good and interesting, however the mix is murky and dark with nothing riding to the surface. His singing voice is not strong enough to bring the lyrics up to grab the ear of the listener; he did compose all the songs on the disc. His guitar playing is good and based on that and the songs there is promise for a more interesting disc the next time, and possibly an experienced hand as producer to bring the sound more in focus.

Track List:

  • Breathin' a Lie
  • She Goes Down
  • Scenes From a Midwest Truck Stop
  • Third and Union
  • Grand Central Nowhere
  • Joshua Tree Inn (Room 8)
  • When She Walked the Earth as Queen
  • Elliott Gould
  • Dunfee
  • Taylor
  • Ambassador of Toluca
  • So Long From Pittsburgh

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

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