CD REVIEW: David Lykins - blurry white guy
By Dan Cohen - 04/13/2009 - 01:09 PM EDT
Artist: David Lykins
Album: blurry white guy
Sounds Like: lyle lovett, kris kristofferson
Technical Grade: 8/10
Production/Musicianship Grade: 8/10
Commercial Value: 8/10
Overall Talent Level: 9/10
Songwriting Skills: 9/10
Performance Skill: 9/10
Best Songs: greetings from the riviera, let me carry this, here's your love song
Weakness: spotty vocals, slightly trebly overall sound (though band is great)
I really like Dave Lykins songwriting. Sure, Houston's a bit strident for an opener, and maybe you could quibble that sometimes he takes a while to get to the chorus, but here's a guy who's passionate about what he does, does it well, and has something to say. I've played this record cos I wanted to. Always the best excuse.
He doesn't have a great voice, but a serviceable one. At times he reaches into his higher register and it sounds great, fluid, and strong, but it happens all too rarely. But it feels like this should be his second career. His first should be songwriting. This man should have a publishing deal in Nashville, no doubt. It's a sad state of affairs when Dave Lykins hasn't had his songs recorded by anyone of note (I may be wrong about that- I misplaced his bio), and Toby Keith has...a career.
Not that there's anything wrong with Toby Keith, per se. But he should be singing Dave Lykins songs! I bet Alan Jackson could tear up Let Me Carry This For You or I've Been In Love Before. Or Clint Black. Here's Your Love Song is a wonderful anti-love song (would that be a hate song? Naaah...) about writing a tune for your love just as she's walking out the door. The hook is priceless: Here's your love song, take it and go!
That takes imagination. That takes humor. That takes guts. I can't think of anyone that might pull that off in today's bland macho environment. Maybe Reba McIntyre. Or Bonnie Raitt.
And Flying- that's a song done solo, but begging to be turned into a duet for...Randy Travis and Martina McBride? Alison Krauss and....whoever.
So maybe some American Idol runner-up with a bit of cash and a record deal will hear a tune or two and say hey, I could do that. That's a great song. I sure hope so. And when he or she turns it into a major hit and you buy that record and turn it over and see songwriter: Dave Lykins, don't be surprised. Be glad. You've made one blurry white guy very happy...
That's the fantasy, at least. But in the meantime...Rock on. We salute you!
A for effort, 8 out of 10
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