Tim Prince - Angel Songs
By Rick Marchetti - 04/22/2007 - 08:43 PM EDT
Artist: Tim Prince
Album: Angel Songs
Label: Lost Cat Records
Sounds Like: Dylan, Tom Waits
Technical Grade: 8/10
Production/Musicianship Grade: 8/10
Commercial Value: 6/10
Overall Talent Level: 8/10
Songwriting Skills: 7/10
Performance Skill: 8/10
Best Songs: Cold Living, Weatherman, Madder Than Me
Tim Prince. Say it with me. Tim Prince. Plan on hearing that name again. And again. And again. This versatile Englishman has a winner with his first release, “Angel Songs”. From the hooky, pop “Weatherman” which, by the way, is so catchy that 10, 11, and 12-year olds can sing along the first time they hear it, to the gut-wrenching “Letter From Clarke County Jail”, Prince strikes whichever chord he’s aiming for. If he wants you to cry, you’ll cry; if he wants you to bop along, you, my friend, will bop.
If you listen to music regularly, you know that there are times when you know what’s coming in a song you’ve never heard before, be it a line, a chord progression, a melody. Tim Prince, happily, avoids most of those predictabilities; while I did have a couple brief moments of déjà vu when I seemed to know exactly where he was headed, I was more often than not surprised at the musical twists and turns. The playing and singing are flawless, the production is perfect; nothing heavy or overstated, it all fits into the vein of Americana, even though Prince paints with a much broader brush. He can’t be pigeonholed; the obvious influences are the usual singer/songwriter suspects, think Dylan et al, (not that there’s anything at all wrong with that) but think outside the box a bit also; think what would have happened if, say, Lennon and Tom Waits hooked up to do a project. As I said, the influences are somewhat obvious, but there is nothing derivative; this is all fresh, original stuff.
Do yourself a huge favor – go to LostcatRecords.com and order this cd. And while you’re online, head on over to YouTube and watch the video for the leadoff cut from the CD, “Cold Living”. Tremendous! This is a cd that’s definitely going into my rotation.
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