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Album Review

This is Duane Jarvis' fourth album as a frontman (not counting the live Combo Platter) and his second for the well-regarded Slewfoot imprint, a label that specializes in borderline uncategorizable roots rock singer/songwriters. That's a non-description that fits Jarvis' music pretty well. His sound is strictly old-school, his tempos generally languid to sludgy, his voice gritty and laconic. The songs tend to be wry, but not bitter; on numbers like "Prodigal Daughter" and "Come Back Again" he sings about forgiveness — though, granted, forgiveness of two very different kinds. On "Can't Build a Better Love" and the title track he sings about the kind of love that grows over time as the result of long-term fidelity and devotion. But it's not all comfortable domestic satisfaction on this album: the Tex-Mex-flavored "I Miss You Already" is pure romantic regret, and in the ironic "Happy Town" he finds the symbol of a schizophrenic city in a jukebox that alternates between the Rolling Stones and the Count Five. A few of his moves seem a bit mannered and obvious, like the roadhouse piano and resonator guitar on "Come Back Again" and the shuffling, enervated tempo on "Lower Than Lonely." But take the album together as a whole and you'll likely find it very satisfying. Recommended.


Born: August 22, 1957 in Astoria, OR

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

Singer/songwriter Duane Jarvis has been on the move most of his life. Born in the Pacific Northwest, Jarvis' dad was in the Coast Guard, so he spent his formative years up and down the West Coast (with a brief stay in Florida). As a musician, he has played throughout Europe and spent time in the music scenes of Portland, OR, and Los Angeles. He has come to rest in Nashville and is pleased with the opportunites offered in Tune Town. Jarvis' songwriting, and his touch on the guitar, have elicited a...
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Delicious, Duane Jarvis
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music
  • Released: Dec 23, 2003

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