13 Songs, 43 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

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.

EDITORS’ NOTES

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.

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3:41
2:48
3:40
3:41
4:26
2:45
3:04
3:09
3:53
2:47
1:50
3:59
3:41

About David Mead

Born in New York, singer/songwriter David Mead's family relocated to Nashville, where he spent the majority of his formative years, honing his craft in pop bands such as Verdant Green, Blue Million, and Joe, Marc's Brother. Mead eventually ventured out on his own, collaborating on a demo of his songs with local keyboardist Jason Lehning. The recording subsequently landed him in the offices of RCA Records, where he performed his tunes alone with a guitar. The label signed him shortly thereafter. With the aid of Lehning (credited as associate producer) and producer Peter Collins (Jewel, Brian Setzer), the 25-year-old Mead was given a relatively free hand on his 1999 debut for RCA. The resulting album, The Luxury of Time, is a collection of well-crafted tunes that tap classic writers from George Gershwin and Cole Porter to Lennon and McCartney and Paul Simon for inspiration without ever coming across as contrived or less than fresh. Mead, who moved back to New York at the time of his first recording, cites his years in Nashville for his growth as a writer and for his appreciation of the proverbial three-minute pop song. The follow-up, Mine and Yours was released in early 2001. Indiana, his first release for Nettwerk, arrived three years later. For 2005's Wherever You Are, Mead was joined by legendary producer Stephen Hague (Pet Shop Boys, New Order, Peter Gabriel). North American tour dates coincided the spring 2006 release of Tangerine. ~ Brett Hartenbach

  • ORIGIN
    Syosset, NY
  • GENRE
    Rock
  • BORN
    1973

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