Kyle Knapp - Burr Oak Acres

Wednesday 1st October 1997
Kyle Knapp - Burr Oak Acres

STYLE: Country
RATING 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
LABEL: Narrow Path/Refuge

Reviewed by Alastaire Reece

Kyle Knapp is one of those artists who ply their craft for years, often not receiving the attention that their talent deserves. For 15 years prior to his debut album, Kyle performed his music in bars, street corners and churches though the Mid West of the US. As a result of which the instrumentation on this album is of a very high quality, although country isn't generally my thing, a talented musician is obviously what we have in Kyle. In the blurb from Narrowpath Records it says, "Listen to 'Burr Oak Acres' and you'll know Kyle Knapp." That is certainly true. What comes through is a man who knows his heart and isn't afraid to express it in songs such as "That Fire In Your Eyes", a song about his wife. If I have a gripe, then it would be the whistling on the opening track, "Lincoln Boulevard", which is a little difficult to take. Anyway, for fans of country-cum-folk singer/songwriters Kyle Knapp is as good as there is in the Christian world, especially when stripped down to just the voice and guitar. Even so I must mention one song in particular as really touching my soul, "I'll Wait" - a song about waiting upon God in life's circumstances, which when facing the final year at Bible College reminds that even though I have no idea of what lies ahead, I must wait on God for the future.

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Reader Comments

Posted by Kyle Knapp in Omaha NE @ 21:37 on Jul 11 2007

Thank you so much, Alastaire, for your kind words. While this review is nearly 10 years old, I never saw it until today (I was googling for reviews, if any, of my new CD "House of Sod")

Interesting that you didn't care for the whistling in Lincoln Boulevard. I never imagined whistling when I initially recorded it - that was producer Greg Strange's idea (and he's actually doing the whistling). However, I should warn you there's a good deal of whistling (totally my idea this time) in tracks 2 and 3 of my new disc.

Thanks again!

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