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Stephen Clair - Under the Bed

Under The Bed

Stephen Clair

Valley Entertainment - 15203

Valley Entertainment
333 W. 52nd. St. 9th Floor
New York, NY 10019

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Bob Gottlieb
(taoboy@cox.net)

This east coast songsmith writes intelligent and poetic songs that have about them a certain fluidity that engages the listener. His songs don't depend on complex musical changes or other embellishments to the story; they depend on the storyline and the heart expressed in the story itself. His songs have a ring and sensibility of the east coast to them, as opposed to spaces and twang of the Texas songwriters, to hold him up to just one other group. They are tightly written songs and each is its own little vignette, which is straight and pure. They have an honesty that comes only from having the experiences firsthand, rather than looking at some situation he might have heard about, saying, "That's a great idea for a song," and inventing a story to fit the circumstance. It's the little touches in the songs make then real. In Gone Ten Years, the image of grandma going out and throwing nails in the street so he'd get a flat and they could meet, that is what makes it realistic. There is nothing that is groundbreaking musically here but there is more than an abundance of good songs that have that ring of authenticity. It's a disc that definitely seems to stay longer and longer in the disc player; a quiet gem that sneaks up on you.

Track List:

  • Gone Ten Years
  • It's A Riddle
  • My Heart's Not Broken
  • Stupid Game
  • The Moon
  • Following Orders
  • A Woman Like You
  • Your Town
  • Tomorrow's Another Day
  • Walkabout
  • I'm Coming Down

Edited by: David N. Pyles
(dnpyles@acousticmusic.com)

Copyright 2005, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.

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