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Reviews: Darryl Gregory ~ She|
Posted on Sunday, December 02, 2007 @ 01:52:47 UTC
Artist: Darryl Gregory
Home: Sandy Hook, Connecticut
Quote: "He’s like Bruce Springsteen, with great story songs and aptitude for rockers as well as softer ballads."
By Jamie Anderson
Darryl Gregory is like Bruce Springsteen, with great story songs and aptitude for rockers as well as softer ballads. Sounding like a polished Greg Brown, he works his way through this concept album, each song about a woman, some different, some who share a story or an emotion. There’s a great line-up of musicians here from Rani Arbo on fiddle (Salamander Crossing, Daisy Mayhem) to Justin Hines on drum set and congas. Gregory plays “all the left over stuff” including some mighty fine guitar work. It begins with “Halfmoon Road,” a wistful rock tune featuring Arbo’s lithe fiddle and his hooky guitar work
I can see the mermaids
Dancing on the waves of that lake
This Ohio sun plays tricks
In this hot summer haze
I’m sweating on these vinyl seats
Of this broken down old Ford
And I’m thinking of girl I used to know
On Half Moon Road ...
“Beautiful Lover” has a more sinister sound, with acid-tinged blues harp and distorted guitar. He sings “I buried my truth in a pine box six feet deep” and ends with an eerily whispered “May god have mercy on my soul.” “Lonely Day” is built around a dissonant electric guitar, making the story more poignant. There’s a lighter sound, with Gregory’s deft acoustic guitar and flute by Debbie Maloney, in “Out of Sight, Out of Mind,” about a Jersey girl who’s really just hiding out in beautiful LA. “Sweet Begonia” is a hard edged song about a street walker. It rocks out, with Gregory’s gravely voice scraping out the story. I love the retro rock sound in “Drivin’ In” and the folkiness of “Hold on to Her Heart.” The most positive lyrics rest in “I Think,” a nice love song. The disc ends well with another acoustic number, “Steel Mill Town”
She married him at sixteen
With a baby on the way
She thought that she loved him
But who was she to say
He promised that he’d take her
Down south where the water’s warm
But it’s been forty-odd years
She’s still here where she was born ...
It’s a great album y’all. Go out and snag a copy.
Artist Website: http://www.darrylgregory.com
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