CD REVIEW: Tom Kimmel - Never Saw Blue
By Don Sechelski - 12/22/2008 - 08:57 PM EST
Artist: Tom Kimmel Album: Never Saw Blue Label: Point Clear Records Website:http://tomkimmel.com Genre: A mix of country, pop, & adult contemporary Technical Grade: 10/10 Production/Musicianship Grade: 10/10 Commercial Value: 10/10 Overall Talent Level: 10/10 Songwriting Skills: 10/10 Performance Skill: 10/10 Best Songs: One World, Shallow Water, Never Saw Blue, See Myself In You CD Review:
Alabama born Tom Kimmel has written songs
for artists as diverse as Shawn Colvin and The Spinners. His work has won
accolades from his peers and awards from the Kerrville Folk Festival. He is the
epitome of a songwriter's songwriter, largely unknown to the general public but
his work is everywhere.
His latest release, Never Saw
Blue, is a collection of songs that have appeared in movies and television.
Generally acoustic centered, each song is carefully crafted and many feature
Kimmel's excellent guitar work. The opening cut, One World, was featured
in the made for TV movie Princess In Love. Its funky guitar intro sets
up Kimmel's country twinged vocal. The lyric is a well written comment on the
connection between all humans. Shallow Water is a gospel flavored hymn
of faith that was used in the television show, Touched By An Angel. A gospel
choir supports Kimmel's passionate vocal and acoustic fingerpicking.
Easily my favorite tune on the CD
was Never Saw Blue Like That, the title song. This tune was featured in
the movie, Runaway Bride, as well as the television shows, Party of
Five and Dawson's Creek. In this beautiful ballad, Kimmel manages to
avoid the obvious clichés and craft a memorable song. Can't Slow Down is a headfirst mad dash of rock guitar and rapidfire lyrics. It's easy to see why it was used in Ski School 2.
on this CD span Kimmel's career and include songs from The Captain Kangaroo
Show, the movies Twins and Cruel Intentions, as well as many other television shows. As such they present a
wide ranging representation of Kimmel's talent. He is truly a songwriter's
songwriter. Never Saw Blue is an excellent album. For aspiring
songwriters, it's a chance to see a master at work.
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