Artist: The Reason Why
CD: Live and Pushing String
Home: London, England
Style: Acoustic Singer/ Songwriter Duo
Quote: "This is flat-out charming".
By Jennifer Layton
This is flat-out charming. Just a couple of guys with guitars and a knack for
writing simple songs laced with self-effacing humor.
The Reason Why are John Fallon and Mike Ferguson, two regular-sounding guys
who recorded these tracks live at the Virtually Acoustic Club in London. They
introduce themselves in the first song with a very funny mix of bravado and
humor, basically announcing that they're about to start singing and pleading
with the audience to set aside their busy schedules and listen. Not a bad approach
Excellent job on the recording I'm not sure if kudos go to the
guys or to the Virtually Acoustic Club, but someone was putting in overtime
to make the sound perfectly sharp and balanced. Everyone just sounds like they're
having a good time. Fallon and Ferguson complement each other as vocalists and
guitarists and definitely do not take themselves too seriously.
I particularly liked "Monday Week," a song about the fizzling long-distance
relationship of a college student who has known his girlfriend since fifth form
The first thing you ask me when I arrive
is when will I be leaving.
You look like you've brought enough to stay for a month,
Well, looks can be deceiving...
I recommend this CD to my fellow Yanks. It's so cool to experience an
evening in London while in your own home. Especially since the whole evening
is free you can just download it from their web site. Buy some British
ale, kick back and enjoy the music, and then please e-mail me and tell me what
"fifth form at school" means.