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Album Review

The third album by San Francisco (by way of Santa Fe) singer/songwriter Forest Sun finds the self-proclaimed vagabond wanderer sticking to the same musical waters as his first two records. Clearly a fan of both Rickie Lee Jones and '70s-era Van Morrison, Forest Sun plays easygoing folk-jazz-pop that's too pop-oriented to fit in the traditional boxes, but too slick and enervated to sound like anything exciting or new. The primary culprit is Forest Sun's Van Morrison by way of Randy Newman voice, which makes him sound too cool to actually bother opening his mouth enough to sound like he's not either half asleep or half stoned. The highlight is the album's centerpiece track, "Always," a jazzy piano-based shuffle featuring guest vocals by the Be Good Tanyas' Jolie Holland, who rouses Forest Sun out of the torpid mumble he sings in for the rest of the album for his most animated and charming vocal performance. The energy level remains up long enough for the bluegrass bounce of "Come Round Again," but by the time of the Jack Johnson-like "Twenty Toes in the Sand," For the Story is back to sounding like background music for your local organic co-op.


Genre: Pop

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Hailing from the Bay Area, singer/songwriter Forest Sun combines storytelling lyrics along with such varied musical genres as folk, rock, country, and even funk. A self-proclaimed vagabond at heart, Sun has made fans in both Europe and the U.S. (touring both countries throughout 1999 and 2000). Forest Sun has issued a pair of albums thus far, Not Afraid and Plenty, both of which were issued on Sun's own indie label, Painted Sun Records, and...
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