Smalltown Poets - Third Verse

Tuesday 1st May 2001
Smalltown Poets - Third Verse
Smalltown Poets - Third Verse

RATING 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10
LABEL: Forefront FFD5267
RELEASE DATE: 2001-01-19
RRP: £1.99

Reviewed by Tony Cummings

As we go to press "Quasar" from the Poets last album is still on the Cross Rhythms playlist so it won't be a surprise to learn that Third Verse" is also stuffed full of radio friendly hooks. As aficionados of American pop rock will tell you, Atlanta is currently THE place for producing bands that both sell by the bushel load yet retain a thread of musical intelligence. These Georgia boys with their wistful blend of jangly guitars, retro-meets-modern rhythms and keenly crafted songwriting show again that their years of dues paying have paid big creative dividends. I love that eat-at-you opener "Every Reason"; those gliding harmonies on "Any Other Love"; the compelling cover of the 77s' "The Lust, The Flesh, The Eyes And The Pride Of Life"; and I love their songsmith ability to speak old, old truths with fresh inventiveness. Take the wistful ballad "Clean" ('Bare before you at the waterside/Afraid to take the step into the tide/Oh, I feel so obscene/Knowing I am only/Clean/Because you promised me/I'm clean/Wash me/I'm clean'). Whether this is a fairly successful album or a huge sales blockbuster largely depends on the fickle nature of the marketplace. But for those who investigate this now I suspect they'll discern a CCM classic.

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Sample Track Listing:
1. Every Reason [Listen]
4. Clean [Listen]

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Reader Comments

Posted by Don in state of Delaware @ 16:32 on Aug 31 2011

I had seen this talented group of guys on a late night TBN show; in fact some of the first songs I heard them sing are on this cd. "Firefly" , "Beautiful,-
Scandalous Night" and "Every Reason" are among top fave songs. The very pop lyrical "Every Reason" is first song on cd; very catchy tune. Some of the lyrics to "Firefly" are on inside cd pamphlet; they do speak. "Clean" is top notch ccm material; very relative lyrics for every believer. I really like the heart grabbing lyrics of "No Kinder SAVIOUR". The late Dana Key was also exec. producer of this recording as well as all the previous releases:what a legacy we have been left with. GOD Bless! - Don

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