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Belgian Review of "More Music From Home..." Singles Out Mednick

Posted on Aug 30 2011
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The acclaimed Clarence Bucaro is here with a demo version of ‘Looking From Home’, a typical melodic, in soul drenched grinder. Kimmie Rhodes brings a new endearing version of ‘I Just Drive By’, originally released ten years ago as duet with country outlaw Willie Nelson.

It’s nice to hear other talented women like Christine Albert and Fur Dixon in marvellous duets. Fayssoux reminisces in a melancholy ‘Golightly Creek’, and Annie Keating impresses with a different implementation of ‘Water Tower View’, title-track of her recent longplayer.

Our friends from Scandinavia are also represented. Pelle Johansson brings along with his band Smaching Tempchins ‘You Only Live Once’, a song from inspirator Jack Tempchin, and Jeff Larson sounds convincing with ‘Your Way Back Home’. Behind the artist name Slowman lies Svante Torngren, a for me unknown Swedish bard. The poignant, something strongly reminiscent to Richard Thompson ‘Homeless’, is certainly a very pleasant introduction.

This applies to the songwork of the other artists and this sampler as a whole. The slogan ‘I Like It Better Here’ is not misplaced, if you ask me!"

- Cis van Looy / Keys & Chords -
"The names of the musicians of this sampler are well-known by regulary visitiors of our review section. Hemifrån gives a shelter for often lesser known musicians from the U.S. and their colleagues from Europe, Canada and Scandinavia. Last year ‘Music From Home’ was a beautiful compilation. ‘More Music From Home’ is again not an uneven selection from singer-songwriters who often process emotionally charged issues such as ‘home’ instinctively in their work.

In this section repeatedly praised Ted Russell Kamp and Steve Mednick bring songs in the best troubadour tradition. The acclaimed Clarence Bucaro is here with a demo version of ‘Looking From Home’, a typical melodic, in soul drenched grinder. Kimmie Rhodes brings a new endearing version of ‘I Just Drive By’, originally released ten years ago as duet with country outlaw Willie Nelson.

It’s nice to hear other talented women like Christine Albert and Fur Dixon in marvellous duets. Fayssoux reminisces in a melancholy ‘Golightly Creek’, and Annie Keating impresses with a different implementation of ‘Water Tower View’, title-track of her recent longplayer.

Our friends from Scandinavia are also represented. Pelle Johansson brings along with his band Smaching Tempchins ‘You Only Live Once’, a song from inspirator Jack Tempchin, and Jeff Larson sounds convincing with ‘Your Way Back Home’. Behind the artist name Slowman lies Svante Torngren, a for me unknown Swedish bard. The poignant, something strongly reminiscent to Richard Thompson ‘Homeless’, is certainly a very pleasant introduction.

This applies to the songwork of the other artists and this sampler as a whole. The slogan ‘I Like It Better Here’ is not misplaced, if you ask me!"

- Cis van Looy / Keys & Chords -

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