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The ones that look the weirdest sound the best

After several listenings, David Gans' latest collection of singer-songwriter tunes is wearing very well indeed. For some reason the word "mature" springs to mind. These are grownup songs (mostly), about things that matter. Though it's not a concept album, it has a graceful dramatic arc. Wait for the hidden bonus track that explains about Hugo and green peas.

The ones who play the weirdest sound the best

David Gans works hard and it shows. His songwriting, singing and playing get better all the time. I've seen him play more than 30 times and have all of his commercial releases and I can tell you that this is the best place to start. There are thoughful lyrics througout including one, "Like a Dog" by Grateful Dead lyricist, Robert Hunter. "Bounty of the County" is a new tune I love about the slow food movement. "Save us from the Saved" is a thoughtful and kind but strong tune in support of church and state. Remember that? The playing by members of Railroad Earth compliments Gans' own excellent guitar work. The music is heartfelt, beautiful and danceable. Stop reading and click purchase for a DRM free joyful experience, mmmmkay?

Vegetable Essence

Tim Carbone's production decisions are spot on and do what production decisions should, namely serve the songs. I like that composition remains the focal point throughout, melody and lyric in the spotlight. This is definitely my favorite version of "An American Family." Love the warped instrumental break, as unhinged as the life being chronicled. "That's Real Love" is one of the most fully realized tracks on the album. Such a perfect sense of itself. The clarinet interlude is brilliant. Really knocked over by the intro to "Save Us From The Saved," one of my favorite Gans tunes, really makes it even more haunting and beautiful. The string and mandolin embellishments throughout are totally fantastic. Again, serving the melody and lyrics. Oh, and the piano, of course, is awesome on this track. Perfect that "The Bounty of The County" sits smack dab in the middle of the sequence, source of the album's title and spirit. "Like a Dog" is the album's masterpiece, though, a mangy oddball of a thing. Great song amplified by a great arrangement. Overall, an awesome piece of work. The ones that sound the weirdest work the best!


Genre: Singer/Songwriter

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Folklore stretches across generations. Satire sharpens the mind. And political humor lingers like a nasty boil on a hot summer day. So why did folk music fall out of grace in America after its heyday in the 1960s? Well, David Gans, chief Deadhead best known for his nationally syndicated radio show Dead to the World, showed throughout his music career in the California Bay Area that there's still a place for self-expression in well-spun songs about family life, death, and itinerant Deadheads. Gans...
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