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CD REVIEW: Jonathan Kingham - "Smooth Out The Lines"
By Gian F - 07/14/2010 - 08:07 PM EDT

Artist: Jonathan Kingham
Album: Smooth Out The Lines
Label: Exact Records
Genre: Country
Sounds Like: ?
Technical Grade: 9/10
Production/Musicianship Grade: 10/10
Commercial Value: 9/10
Overall Talent Level: 9/10
Songwriting Skills: 10/10
Performance Skill: 9/10
Best Songs: She's So California, Please Come Close, Grace
Weakness: ?
CD Review:

Jonathan Kingham, the singer/songwriter/musician with the breathy tenor that leaves women breathless, has completed his sophomore project and it reflects a new level of sophistication that both his female-and male fans-will appreciate.

From the opening track, "She's So California," establishes itself as the definitive commercial track with its intriguing storyline about the difficulties of wooing a California girl who seems perfect, yet imperfect.  It builds in both interest and intensity with it's understated, but sterling piano and drum performances which decisively take a back seat to Jonathan's golden vocals. The only thing you won't like about it is that it ends.

Much like an onion, this CD has many layers, which when peeled, reveal a new musical and emotional nuance - and can make you cry. "Grace," epitomizes the duality of Jonathan's songwriting prowess. It's a song about recognizing and appreciating unconditional love that women love to hear. It contains words that men wish they were adept at expressing.

Other noteworthy tracks include the seductive, radio-ready, "Please Come Close," which is bound to make hearts melt...and clothes drop to the floor with its compelling lyrics and flirtatious string arrangement. The perfect complement (or the morning after song) is "Can't Get To The End Of You," with it's feel-good organ accompaniment. "Let Em Go," which is about moving on and allowing yourself to experience love again, adds depth and dimension, as well as the narrative, "We're All Just Trying To Get By."

If your expectations have become crooked as a result of exposure to bad songwriting, Jonathan Kingham can Smooth Out The Lines with his superior talents and help you discover real songwriitng again.

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