Thursday, January 9, 2014
MUSIC REVIEW OF THE DAY: FRED EAGLESMITH - TAMBOURINE
Like Rick Danko, Eaglesmith sings with a voice soaked in sadness, rough and beautiful. The words are simple, but the stories complex and truthful, like Engineer, where he sings about the love who left him: "Somebody ought to tell that paper boy throwing it up against my door, I sure could use some news/It's been too many years, I've cried too many tears, I've paid too many dues." But he has fun too, like on Can't Dance, admonishing security for trying to stop kids in the crowd from enjoying the show. Whether he's singing about himself, or any of the thousands of unsung heroes of rock and roll, from the 60's to now, Eaglesmith gets the magic of the moment, and why his fans really get it, too: "I love my electric guitar, I love it when I play it way to loud/I ain't ever gonna be a star, but I sure do know how to please a crowd." From the dreamy waltz of Drunk Girl to the Tex-Mex honk of Train Wreck, Eaglesmith taps into the best sounds around.