CD of the Week - 2014-Oct-19 (Mark Heard, "Second Hand") Oct 23, 2014 20:16:52 GMT
Post by jrmugz on Oct 23, 2014 20:16:52 GMT
Lonely Moon – Interesting lyrics, sung with feeling. Goes on too long for me.
Worry Too Much – Guitar sound is good, sort of Dire Straits-ey. Rolls along nicely but gets a bit repetitive towards the end.
Look Over Your Shoulder – Definitely a Finn vibe going on here, that's not a bad thing at all. Plods a bit for my liking but you can tell he put a lot of thought into the lyrics.
She Don't Have A Clue – I like this one, it has a dark undertone a bit like "Every Step You Take" and the soft percussion is pretty.
Talking In Circles – Good intro and the lyrics stand out too. I like the line about the hammerhead shark, anyone who gets a hammerhead shark into a song is alright by me.
Love Is Not The Only Thing – Pleasant song but not setting the world on fire for me. The hammond organ in the middle lifts it though.
I Just Wanna Get Warm – Intro immediately reminds me of The Strawbs. Also sounds like a song that might have been on O Brother Where Art Thou? Nice bit of fiddling.
Another Good Lie – A bit too long and uneventful for me, but he sings it like he means it.
All Too Soon – The call and response chorus sounds good against the sharp guitar sound. A bit Fleetwood Mac? Like the outro.
It's Not Your Fault – Never a bad thing when a person takes the blame and absolves someone else. I expect this went down well with whoever he wrote it for.
I'm Looking Through You – Neat bit of fiddling, reminds me of something the Monkees might have done. Good foot tapping tune.
What Kind Of A Friend – He's really gone to town on this one, plenty of thought has gone into the lyrics and passion into the performance. Maybe a bit too personal for an outsider to hear, but I bet he felt better getting it off his chest.
The Way Of Men - Again this is all about the meaning - for me the song is quite slow and goes on a bit too long, but you can hear how much it means to him.
Looking back over my review what I mostly notice is how many other artists I was reminded of. This is not a bad thing because they are all artists I enjoy listening to. And Mark Heard was plainly a gifted lyricist, what a terrible waste that he died so young.
Thanks for sharing this, Jim. This isn't my normal kind of music and I'm not a great fan of the very slow stuff, but it's always interesting to hear something that really moves someone else
Yeah, it's definitely about the lyrics, to me the music is nice and relaxing and consistent to keep the album cohesive.
One lyric I really like is the bridge of "Look Over Your Shoulder":
If you must be afraid be afraid of yourself
For being afraid of the fear you have felt
You will weather well in a climate of love