Album Review

Cotton Jones Basket Ride – “River Strumming, The ” – [Saint Ives]

humana   11/12/2008   12-inch, A Library

This effort by Michael Nau of Maryland is thoroughly mellow in a snazzy, soul, country vibe way. His lyrics are pretty interesting, and his themes recur (???this is how it feels when you got no one??? and ???velvet dream??? and ???velvet kind of morning???) as he sings them in a distinctive, appealing nasal tone. Guitars, bass, tambourines, organ, percussion, and occasional choruses back Nau up as he goes from song to song with hardly a pause between (watch out for this on nearly every song). ???To Death With You??? is somewhat bluesy; ???Chewing Gum (Concrete Teet Mix)??? is jazzy; ???Midnight Monday, and a Telescope??? is kind of cool; ???If I Ever Grow That Old??? morphs from jazz to rock; ???I Do What I Do: Exist & Pass??? has good instrumental sections; ???It May Never Pass Again??? is very poppy sounding and hearkens to Seals and Crofts; ???I Don???t Suppose??? ends the album with a nice, lazy guitar and sounds like a snazzy hymn.

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