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Almost And Always

David Mead

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David Mead left his wife and Brooklyn for the family home in Nashville, working manual labor jobs and figuring out his next move, which was apparently to team up with songwriter Bill DeMain, begin writing songs with Bette Midler in mind, record them himself with veteran producer Brad Jones (Sheryl Crow, Steve Earle) and see if his “unknown” status might change with album number five. Mead’s always been a modest songwriter, intelligent, tasteful, subtle. His voice is sweet without excessive force; one leans into his songs. Even here where Mead imagines he’s writing “torch” songs, they hardly reach for nightclub theatrics but rather a quiet singer-songwriter’s corner. “Blackberry Winters” swings towards a falsetto, earnest backing vocals and an accenting piano. “Mojave Phone Booth” uses scattered guitar notes to find its location. The gorgeous “Last Train Home” adds strings for somber depth. The title track reflects on the love that always escapes Mead’s grasp. Surely, his luck is due to change.

Customer Reviews

Really lovely

I heard David Mead for the first time on satellite radio a few months ago, singing the then unreleased track from this record, "Last Train Home." I've been waiting impatiently since then for it to be available on ITunes, because it just grabbed me and reeled me in from the first couple of bars. It's a perfect acoustic tune, with the commuter train rhythm built into the melody, and lyrics that put me right in the moment. In the meantime while waiting until I could download my new favorite song, I checked out some of his earlier records, and there is some great acoustic music there. He reminds me a little of Josh Radin vocally, but there is something about his everyday/everyman subject matter that makes Mead's songs more captivating, personal and touching. I love Sicily and Rainy Weather Friend too. Mead's music isn't earthshakingly innovative, but it is beautifully put together and evocative overall.

Brilliant!

I think David Mead is brilliant. And of all his albums, I think this might be his best work - and it was long awaited!

Relaxing Purse Strings

After purchasing Last Train Home, I had no resolve towards my budget at all. David's honest and brilliant voice not only relaxes the purse strings, but all of the work induced worries of the day. His music elevates me to a higher level of simplicity and glowing beads of promise. Suddenly the clouds melt away and I'm convinced that I can once again face my office piles Monday. This album is renewing strength and a much needed vacation from the rag tag stuff on the radio. David, do you need a roomate?

Almost And Always, David Mead
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