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Posted on Saturday, December 06, 2008 @ 19:59:56 UTC
Artist: Maximilian Eubank
CD: 10:00 in the Afternoon
Home: Des Moines, Iowa
Style: Acoustic Folk/Pop
Quote: "A poetic twist of words and grooves that captures the listener immediately but keeps the lyrical hijinx coming with each tune."
By Jana Pochop
10:00 in the Afternoon is a poetic twist of words and grooves that captures the listener immediately but keeps the lyrical hijinx coming with each tune. Maximilian Eubank is an engaging writer with a sense of humor and a unique outlook on the world. Reminiscent of Howie Day or Jason Mraz, Eubank presents himself with just vocals and acoustic guitar. It works because he is a unique writer and offers variety with his vocal techniques and stylings. He can go from speech-singing to a falsetto in one note, and his voice easily handles everything from pop to rap to blues.
"Drooling" is a good twist on that age-old song topic of spotting a hot person across the room. It takes us from, "You been winking at me and I been winking at you" to "I can't separate myself from the sound of love." It's a tune that could easily be on everyone's summer soundtrack with some good sing-along acrobatics to it.
"Lawman Says Amen" is the more traditional fingerstyle acoustic groove that singer-songwriters are known for, but Eubank varies the rhythms and groove enough that it could almost be an instrumental. His melodic lines are excellent in both his chords and his words. Surprises are scattered throughout the record, like a whistle solo on "S'aint No Sunday Song" to catchy riffs like the intro and almost country-fied solo in "Pick Your Poison."
Somewhere along the line it became cute for folkie singer-songwriters to have a token rap song in their arsenal in an attempt to look varied and open to other styles of music. Many times it just sounds like a folk singer trying to sing fast and failing to be cool. On "Pick of the Litter," Eubank actually pulls it off; he raps the verses and launches into a singable chorus. The song takes a stand and declares that what Eubank has to say is relevant and deserves a listen. Indeed it does.
Artist Website: http://www.maximilianeubank.com
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