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|5.0 classic||chill | July 21st 08|
I was truly blessed with a great gift when I acquired the songs from this album that has been out of print for over 10 years! I fully expected that, being his very first album, Eric’s voice and lyrics might be less polished than in his other albums—I’ve never been so happy to be so completely wrong! The only noticeable difference is the lack of electric guitars and some other instrumental flourishes, but these songs still have everything that I have come to know and love about the [L]Eric Stuart band (ESB)[L]. Eric’s voice has the same richness, sincerity, and emotion that can range from charming innocence to bold (very bold!) seduction to overwhelming frustration and anguish. The lyrics are every bit as clever, and the tunes are just as catchy. In fact, the lack of instrumental flourishes just makes my favorite qualities stand out more! And, holy smokes, how they stand out! There is a boldness in Eric’s voice and lyrics in this album which may be indicative of the mood in his younger years. I also notice a wider variety of musical styles, perhaps as he was exploring and experimenting with what he could achieve. In no way does he sound any less polished—in fact, these traits make this album all the more fun to listen to! The more I listen, the more I’m convinced that this is my favorite album of all time!
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|5.0 classic||pigmon | July 8th 08|
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