Shane Fontayne played guitar for a short
while in Bruce Springsteen’s band and he’s also been
involved with artists like Paul Simon, Marc Cohn, Steve Forbert,
Shania Twain, Rod Stewart, Bryan Adams, Mick Taylor and John Waite
among others over the years. That's his hall of fame, but my "relationship" with
him started with his band Merchants Of Venus back in 1990, which
I enjoyed a lot and with his great production of Joy Askews "Tender
City" album... Anyway...
This album starts out with “Weight
Of The World” which could have been on Shawn Mullins latest
album, and continues with “Little Napoleons” which
is a damn good powerpop-esque song with a Midwest edge. I love
that tune. It’s like if John Lennon would have been a member
of Crosby Stills And Nash, but all done in a more modern production.
Very cool. And in that way it continues. Third out “Cut From
The Same Cloth” smells the artist Gus all over and well -
I could go on like this forever cause the album is a really great
moment in modern pop, and I personally love these clever hybrids
betweens styles of music. I must mention “Serenade” which
is the missing link between jazzpop like Norah Jones mixed with
Bleu and John Mayer. Damn cool is what it is. Well I must also
mention track number eight “Bubble & Squeak”. That
is like if Peter Gabriel, Joseph Arthur and Kevin Gilbert was in
the studio jamming. And track nine “It’s Only Love” smells
PFR and Crowded House all over!
This album will sure be high up
on the Top30 of 2003 when we sum up the year in December. Awesome
CD. Buy it today folks.
~ Par Winberg, Melodic.net