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Eric George

Not About Nightingales

Review by Gary Hill

This set is interesting for certain. I suppose the simplest description would be "roots music." It covers everything here, but there is a decent range on the disc. We get things from country based sounds to folk rock to bluegrass and more. The bottom line is that if you like folk-based music, give this a try. It's well-done and you are likely to find something you will really enjoy.

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Track by Track Review
Few Little Lines

I love the roots music groove on this tune. It has plenty of folk music and some country in the mix. This is old school stuff, but has a great energized groove and modern production quality.

River For Your Dam
This number is much more of a rocker. Still, it's a roots music kind of thing, set more in old-school rock and roll. It's a fun song with some clever lyrics.
I Was Trying To Describe You
Intricate guitar picking starts this number. The vocals come in over the top of that. The cut has a definite folk element to it, but is perhaps closer to a folk rock sound. The chorus is effective and rather catchy. There are strings filling out the arrangement.
Cure For His Soul
Another old school folk number, I like this a lot. It has a definite country edge to it. This is the kind of thing that would have been all over the radio when Peter Paul and Mary and Bob Dylan were ruling the airwaves.
Thought You Had A Home
Folk and rock music are merged on this cut. It lands somewhere in the vicinity of singer-songwriter stuff.
I'm Satisfied With You
Bluegrass brings this into being. This is a short tune that's very old school in nature. It's also very effective.
To Say Hello
A mellow and rather bouncy cut, this is very much a folk tune. That said, it's also quite pop-oriented and a lot of fun.
Friends With Silence

Country and folk are the sounds on this number. The country (and an old-school version at that) is the real dominant element. This is a tasty piece that works really well.

Not About Nightingales

A sea of voices start the title track with no instrumental accompaniment. From there a gentle folk song emerges with a lot of class built into it.

Some Times

Built around ukulele, this is an intriguing cut. It's a little on the goofy side, though and not as effective as the rest. I'm not convinced of the wisdom of putting it in the closing position.

 
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