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Album Review

This is supposed to be the album on which David Mead "moves beyond his singer/songwriter roots," but if that expansion has happened it's not immediately clear from the music. Granted, he and producer Brad Jones use some interesting sonic effects (some of them electrical, as opposed to electronic) and bring in strings and complex vocal overdubbing in several places, but Tangerine still manages to feel pretty much like the work of a talented guy with a piano and an acoustic guitar. And more power to him. Mead's is some of the most consistently attractive, melodically pleasing, and intellectually rewarding pop music around, and it would really be a shame if he "moved beyond" his most obvious strengths anytime soon. The title track is an enjoyable but ultimately rather slight instrumental with wordless vocals, and it opens the album; after that, things get more interesting quickly. On "The Trouble with Henry," the subtle beauty of the production is as important as the words and the melody; on "Reminded #1," multi-layered voices are supported only by gorgeously arranged pizzicato strings, and with "Fighting for Your Life" Mead moves completely into Beatles territory, with stunning results. "Hallelujah, I Was Wrong" is rootsy R&B and "Suddenly, a Summer Night" prominently features the theremin, which is always nice. "Sugar on the Knees" wins the Weirdest Lyrics of the Album Award, and yet it's almost impossible not to sing along. Few records this immediately attractive are still so interesting after repeated listens. Highly recommended.

Customer Reviews

A great album!

Full of well written songs, some will stick in your head and draw you back to hear again. Some very direct and fun ("Chatterbox", "Hallelujah, I Was Wrong", "Fighting For Your Life") some cryptic enough to require repeated listening("Hunting Season", "Choosing Teams", Reminded #1"). "Sugar On The Knees" is a favorite of mine, dark but very sweet. Well produced and the arrangements have many unexpected turns. And then there's his voice! You will not be disappointed by this work. Let's hope David Meade makes more albums as good as this!

Funny Story

Just yesterday I found out about David Mead. I was in Target looking at sound systems and for the demo song on the Bose Sound dock, they had David Mead-Fighting for Your Life! I'm addicted now! I'd never heared about him before then.

It's great!!

Great music, great voice! Highly recommended.


Born: 1973 in Syosset, NY

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s

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...
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