An Honest Voice
The common touch is a funny thing. The great ones make you think it's easy, that you can do it too, that your life is important, and you might be just as talented as they are. That's quite a real good generous trick, really. But there is one Hank Williams, and there is only one Woody Guthrie. So, I'm not saying Noah Rothschild is one of them. I'm saying the Noah Rothschild makes me feel that my life is important, makes his music seem easy, and tempts me to sing with him or maybe write a song. There is only one of him. Only one Noah Rothschild. He writes words we all use every day, and he sings like a pitch perfect field holler, or an especially great neighbor with a good voice, and plays chords you can learn yourself. And he sings your life for you if you haven't heard it for awhile. There's a guitar here that seems to find it's way with a homemade feel that's all about bringing the song straight home. There's a cello that switches from a classical sweetener to a country fiddle fluidly with the expressiveness to match Noah's own voice. The drums make all the right moves, with a splash of the cymbal and the brushes and drum sticks handy for just the right touch. The songs flow along like a stream over the rounded rocks on a nice day in Big Bear.
Throughout the album there is the quiet sound of a woman's voice expressing the same words from a different heart, and just a little after Noah. That voice is like an quiet echo coming from a another honest voice. The singers names are Meiko ("Alone" and "Broken Down") and Louise Fraser ("No More Disguise"). Noah's voice sounds like a touch of Appalachia, Kentucky or Tennessee wrapped around a great big chunk of the truth.
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