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Album Review

For all the recordings they may do, folkies earn their living on the road, and David Wilcox has been doing that long enough to have developed a repertoire of crowd-pleasers that are not the sort of thing he likes to put on his more sober, earnest studio albums. Comic, bawdy, whimsical, sentimental, touching, these songs are in essence novelty material, and it is one of the characteristics of novelty songs that, like jokes, they are at their best the first time you hear them. But now that Wilcox has been dumped by A&M after failing to go platinum with three albums, he's back to living off the land, and so, here are his previously unrecorded live favorites (a few of them written by other people), from Chuck Brodsky's "Blow 'Em Away," and a justification for (or maybe just a celebration of) drive-by shootings, to "Mango," perhaps the most straight-spoken song of romantic disappointment since Nilsson's "You're Breakin' My Heart." Physical characteristics ("Top of My Head," "Boob Job"), current events ("Barbie"), and religion ("Carpenter Story") all make appearances, along with a pleasant if aimless nine-minute story song called "Johnny's Camaro," and then there's "Levi Blues," which is about what happens when you put a new pair of jeans in the washing machine with your other clothes. The funny thing is, this album of throwaways may be Wilcox's best album. It's certainly his most immediately enjoyable.

Customer Reviews

The real David

This is the true sound of David Wilcox live and clean. If you want to know what a true talent he is, all you need to do is hear him live. One of the few artists who is better live than on an album. The opening song is an anthem we all can connect with by his friend Chuck Brodsky.

...and introducing

This is quite possibly the most comfortably accurate DW disc I have heard, and I've heard them all. All of the impressive melodies are there tied in with what makes Dave who he is, an amazing story teller. Here is a fantasic way introduce America's finest hidden talent.

Pretty good

Though none of WIlcox's subsequent albums have matched the excellence of Nightshift Watchman (easily in my Top 10 Favorite Albums list), this is still a fair album. New Wilcox fans should give a listen to "Blow 'Em Away" but keep in mind that it is not the typical Wilcox sound. However, it brings to mind the witty cynicism of one of Wilcox's first (and catchiest) songs, "Daddy's Money".

Biography

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

A warm, baritone vocal tone and poetic lyricism are combined with a unique guitar style that blends soft jazz and folk sensibilities and an intimate stage persona by singer/songwriter David Wilcox. Often compared to James Taylor and John Martyn, Wilcox has built a solid fan base for his well-crafted folk-pop tunes. Cleveland-born Wilcox was inspired to play guitar after watching a fellow student play in a stairwell at Antioch College in Yellow Springs, OH. Transferring to Warren Wilson College in...
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