Jim Rearick - Songs From The Wildeness

Published Sunday 5th March 2006
Jim Rearick - Songs From The Wildeness
Jim Rearick - Songs From The Wildeness

STYLE: Country
RATING 4 4 4 4
LABEL: Independent

Reviewed by Gareth Paul Taylor

These are "figuratively and literally songs from the wilderness," recorded in Rearick's childhood house in the Burrell Township "in the middle of nowhere" - genuine country! Rearick wrote seven of the 10 songs on this short CD - (he doesn't say which!) - as well as doing all singing, playing and engineering on the album. Unfortunately the adage "Jack of all trades." applies. Rearick should have imported some production expertise where lacking. The drum/percussion loop tracks are at best stilted, at worst odd; a computerised cowbell with a mind of its own frequently and conspicuously drops in and out at peculiar moments and tracks frequently end on inconclusive fills. Timing issues are rife, Jim's natural playing competing noticeably with unnaturally mechanical backings. Arrangements often lack cohesion. Cheesy '80s keyboard sounds are employed unsparingly. Much better are Rearick's acoustic stylings - some lovely finger-picking alongside competent piano-playing. Rearick delivers a half-spoken narrative vocal style like Don Francisco's; check out the humorous "Evolution Song". The songs do improve towards the end, but ultimately this is an enterprise which will remain obscure.

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Reader Comments

Posted by Jeff in OH @ 01:35 on Jun 16 2006

I think Jim did an exelent job on his Cd considering the fact that every thing on the cd was played by him. I first heard the cd on another web site and enjoyed it because it is wonderfully unique.

Posted by Debby F in Pennsylvania, USA @ 23:41 on Mar 13 2006

I enjoy listening to Jim's "Wilderness" CD - especially "Evolution Song." Jim is a very talented musician and song writer. Keep up the good work, Jim!

God bless!

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