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Vincent Poag

For the Girls

Review by Gary Hill

Folk music is the general concept here. Within that category, though, there is quite a bit of range. And, this does move outside the “folk” box at times, too. This is an entertaining album with a fairly wide appeal.

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Track by Track Review
45 Mile an Hour Girl

Harmonica leads things out here. As it works to the song proper, it’s definitely set in an old-school folk music style. This oozes Americana.

Once Upon a Time
This song is much mellower. It’s quite dramatic and powerful. I love the emotion that the violin adds to the mix.
For the Girls
Catchy Island styled music, this seems to have both jazz and reggae in the mix.
Waiting for Me
There is a lot of jazz and some symphonic sound in the mix on this. It’s theatrical, fairly mellow and quite cool.
Very much a mellow folk song, this is fairly short. It’s also quite intricate and vulnerable in texture.
Only Love
This is still very much a folk song. It’s got a bouncy kind of texture to it, though. It’s fun.
My Wings
Piano starts this. Eventually it becomes a soulful groove with a great retro vibe.
Gentle world music based folk, this has female vocals. It’s got a real Renaissance music edge to it.
Scarlett & Me
More of a playful sound creates the backdrop here. It’s very much an old-time jazz kind of piece. It’s bouncy and fun.
A slow moving folk sound is the order of business here. The arrangement has quite a bit going on at times.
Here we get a mellower folk song. This has some pretty orchestration and more rocking sections later.
New Orleans

Old time jazz music is the idea on this one. It’s got some of that Dixieland sound that you’d expect for a song about New Orleans. It both a great bit of variety and a lot of fun.

Can't Catch Me
This is a short tune with just two lines of vocals. The first line is delivered by a group of children and the second (like the first, it’s just the title) by Poag.


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