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Album Review

On their seventh album, the acoustic quartet Eddie from Ohio continues to serve primarily as a songwriting outlet for its quirky, individual writers Michael Clem and Robbie Schaefer. Early on in the group's career, Clem wrote the majority of the material, which tended to be highly imaginative if somewhat novelty-oriented, while Schaefer's work was a bit more direct and emotional. But by now the two seem to have influenced each other: Clem has developed more of a romantic component, while Schaefer can be just as comic as his bandmate. On the title song, for example, he sings of the virtues of moving fast, citing both Albert Einstein and Richard Petty, and in "One Thousand Sarahs" he sings from the perspective of an envious female pre-adolescent criticizing a peer. Still, he tends to contribute the more sincere compositions, such as the road song "Number Six Driver" and the immigration song "Cándido & América." When Clem removes his tongue from his cheek, it's usually to express dissatisfaction, such as in "The Best of Me," in which he self-pityingly attacks happy couples. Even here, however, he can't resist his humorous tendencies — after noting that couples "have nicknames no one else knows," he starts citing examples ("Widgie," "Boopsie,") and then can't stop himself, devoting a whole verse to more of them. As ever, the group's sparkling harmonies, the busy percussion of Eddie Hartness, and, on many of the songs, the vibrant lead vocals of Julie Murphy Wells carry the music, which is deliberately eclectic, featuring bossa nova ("Monotony"), mariachi ("Tommy the Canexican"), and other styles. This is still a band that makes its living in clubs, and you can tell by the comedy, the music's surface pleasures, and the inclusion of a drinking song, "Tom Burleigh's Dead," that no doubt makes a great encore.

Customer Reviews

I love this CD

I first saw Eddie from Ohio live at rockygrass around four or five years ago, I remember being captivated by their quirky lyrics, engaging guitar riffs and percussion, and, of course, the AMAZING vocals. This album delivers more of the same. Their songs never fail to make me smile and I can easily listen to this album many times in a row. My favorite songs on this album are "Quick," "One Thousand Sarahs," and "Tom Burleigh's Dead."

Nice mix of songs

The humor is higher in this album but there is a clear heart tugger-- Hey Little Man. If you have little kids, it's going to get you. Overall, this album is in the tom 10% of the stuff I own. Love it.

Great Sounds and Fun

This is a wonderful album. My husband and I as well as our children (age range 5 through 16) love nearly every song on it. Our favorites are "Great Day", "One Thousand Sarahs", "Hey Little Man", "Let's Go Mesolithic", and "Quick." Great Voices and Great Songwriting!

Biography

Formed: 1991 in Virginia

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '90s, '00s

This folk-rock quartet from the Washington, D.C./suburban Virginia area was only formed in 1991, but they've quickly become favorites on the folk festival circuit with their jazzy, rootsy blend of folk-rock. The group's popularity grew with the growth of Triple A (adult album alternative) radio stations...
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