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Album Review

Jerry Giddens took two years and four different bands to record For Lydia, so it's no great surprise that there are certain stylistic variations through the course of the album. Nevertheless, it hangs together quite well because the central focus — Giddens' huge baritone voice and poetic lyrics — is the same throughout. There are some surprises, such as the extraordinary duet with Kimm Rogers on "I Wish We Were Still Dancing," in which Giddens explores new areas of his high vocal register and sounds great while he's doing it. The details of this song about star-crossed lovers are obscure, and you have no idea why things didn't work out, but the heartbroken tone is marvelously affecting. In fact, Giddens is at his best when he is lyrically oblique. He doesn't tell you why the protagonist of "Burn It Down" sings, "Now I hide your picture/and sleep with your friends/And the blood on the broken glass has been washed away by the rain." He doesn't need to. The clues in the lyrics tell part of what you need to know, and the raging drive of the music tells the rest. Jerry Giddens is at his best on his most personal material, and For Lydia has some excellent examples.

Customer Reviews

Another Superb Album by Jerry Giddens

I hope iTunes adds the other albums in Giddens' discography. In the meantime, try "Thin Veiled Line," "Precious Father" and/or "I Wish We Were Still Dancing" to hear the amazing artistic range of this urban poet.

For Lydia, Jerry Giddens
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  • $8.91
  • Genres: Rock, Music
  • Released: Jul 17, 1995

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