I Blame You
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||Mix Tape||Michael Shelley||2:48||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Face in My Pocket||Michael Shelley||3:14||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Dear Mr. Webster||Michael Shelley||2:43||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Stoop Sale||Michael Shelley||2:59||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Nine Lives||Michael Shelley||3:36||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Dont Fence Me Out||Michael Shelley||2:15||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Rollo||Michael Shelley||2:27||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Favorite Graduate||Michael Shelley||3:08||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Let's Fall in Hate||Michael Shelley||3:10||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Listening to the Band||Michael Shelley||4:01||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||I Blame You||Michael Shelley||2:50||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Don't Wait Up||Michael Shelley||3:44||$0.99||View in iTunes|
There is something immediately likable and catchy about Michael Shelley's pop tunes on I Blame You. Sort of like a young Elvis Costello covering Ben Folds Five territory. The rich melodies of "Mix Tape" and "Stoop Sale" evoke images of new love and love gone bad, and seem designed to extract precious emotions from the listener. The dreamy "Face in My Pocket" covers the joys of carrying a photograph — a face — in one's pocket, while "Dear Mr. Webster" reveals the limitations of a dictionary to describe a new attraction. The arrangements vary quite a bit, adding horns on several cuts and pedal steel to others. There's a lovely duet with Laura Cantrell on "Let's Fall in Hate" that works as both a good country song and a send-up of the genre. One the best songs among good songs is "Listening to the Band," a melancholy tale of a wild romance turned sour, perfectly brought to fullness by Leif Artzen's trumpet. Shelley romantically captures the sadness and elation of each song, singing with conviction and assurance. The writing — 99% of it by Shelley — is finely honed; in fact, the lyrics fit so well with each song that they call little attention to themselves. I Blame You passes the listener by quickly, like a nice summer breeze full of memories. It's a lovely release by a confident artist, and will be welcome by his fans and anyone who loves appealing pop music. ~ Ronnie D. Lankford, Jr., Rovi
Best version of don't fence me out.