Freitag, 2. Juni 2017

Eric Andersen - Avalanche

"Avalanche" was Andersen's first album for Warner Bros. after a fairly long stint at Vanguard. It was consistent with his prior efforts in that, while it found him operating at a respectable level, it couldn't break him into the upper echelon of singer/songwriters, in terms of either sales or art. It's diverse and diffuse, qualities which neither work strongly for or against him on this particular effort.

If he was worried about the constant new Dylan comparisons, he did himself no favors with the opening "It's Comin' and It Won't Be Long," a fair but derivative sounding Dylan-esque cut in both its composition and vocal phrasing. Yet, it's not typical of the record, which largely examines romantic ups and downs - a timeworn subject of popular music, true - in intelligent, reflective fashion that admits some humor, and goes into some good-time vaudevillian and country-rock music besides the expected folk-rock-influenced singer/songwriting.

Major session dudes Chuck Rainey, Bruce Langhorne, J.D. Maness, Eric Gale, and Lee Crabtree were on hand to provide a professional yet reserved sound. He broached pop territory on "Think About It" and "So Hard to Fall," which really wouldn't have sounded bad on AM radio, female vocals and orchestration included. "(We Were) Foolish Like the Flowers" and the son-lost-to-war lament "For What Was Gained" were more in line with what listeners usually expected from Andersen: gentle, almost fragile, introspective mild folk-rock.                

Tracklist:
A1It's Comin' And It Won't Be Long5:15
A2An Old Song4:30
A3Louise3:50
A4Think About It3:40
A5So Hard To Fall3:18
B1It's So Good To Be With You3:08
B2(We Were) Foolish Like The Flowers5:35
B3Avalanche 3:53
B4For What Was Gained8:07

Eric Andersen - Avalanche
(320 kbps, cover art included)

5 Kommentare:

Keith Rh hat gesagt…

guten tag many thanks i've always liked eric andersen but hadn't come across this b4 or missed it .

Feilimid O'Broin hat gesagt…
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Feilimid O'Broin hat gesagt…

I agree with Keith Rh and yet also with the review above. I have always admired Anderson's voice and talent, and have many of his recordings. Yet he has always struck me as a great voice and sensibility in search of a defining style. Perhaps he was ill-advised by managers or recording studios but, other than "Blue River" he never achieved the same level of success he achieved with the songs "Thirsty Boots and Violets of Dawn" or the recordings "Bout Changes 'n' Things" and "Bout Changes 'n' Things Take 2". At least that's my skewed perspective having heard him receive a great deal of airplay in the metropolitan Boston-Cambridge area in his early years on the folk and "underground" stations. Still, he had moments where he still had "it" such as his collaborations with Rick Danko and Jonas Fjeld.

Still, at his most tepid, he is a far sight better than many singer songwriters and, had I the opportunity, I would not hesitate to see him live or buy yet another recording. I only wish he had the conviction of being the iconoclastic folk-poet he might have been, but what do I know, I haven't had to spend my life apart from family traveling from club to club and watching others of lesser talent achieve greater success. I suspect compromise to try to boot sales is inevitable, especially if others are borrowing from one's style or achieving more success with one's songs and music. Thanks so very much for posting this. As always, you keep the music alive and in our ears.

Christopher tm hat gesagt…

Hope you are enjoying your holiday and we will hear from you again soon!

-Xtm

zero hat gesagt…

Thanks a lot to all of you for your comments and your holiday wishes. Just coming back from a trip to Sicilia, i will go on with some postings in the next days. Best wishes!

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