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Malcolm Holcombe - Not Forgotten

Not Forgotten

Malcolm Holcombe

Available from Malcolm Holcombe’s web site.

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

The first song sounds like a John Prine song both in its musical feel, the lyrical composition, and his voice is almost a dead ringer for Mr. Prine's voice. (There was the thought that the wrong disc was playing in the changer.) After that his voice seems to get more and more raspy and roughened as the disc went its way along, almost as if there was a time lapse and he was indulging in heavy drinking and smoking to season his voice, making it, at times, very difficult to understand the words. There are lyrics to the songs in the booklet, however it is in a miniscule handwritten scrawl that is barely legible, even with a magnifying glass. His material shows a strong influence Woody Guthrie at times in both its content and the topics he has chosen to cover. This is a disc that seems to have something to say, however it seems to go out of its way to keep those interested in the content from finding what it contains. The band is quite good and provides a great deal of support to the songs while never getting in the way of the song.

Track List:

  • Sparrows and Sparrows
  • Goin' Home
  • A Steady Heart
  • Baby Doll
  • Room Eleven
  • Cryin' Dime
  • Not Forgotten
  • Your Eyes Will Shine
  • Yesterday's Clothes
  • Animated Sanctuary
  • This Ol' House
  • Where is My Garden?

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

Copyright 2006, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.

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