Thursday, October 22, 2015
MUSIC REVIEW OF THE DAY: DENNIS ELLSWORTH - ROMANTIC AS IT GETS
It's true! This album is as romantic as it gets. At a relaxed pace, with and easy-going band, Ellsworth lets his words and voice take over, in a charming suite of ten songs set to swoon. He has that catch in voice that happens in each chorus, that hits you in the heart. Ellsworth picks an important note, goes a bit below it, then slides up into place, slick as can be.
Not sappy-slick though; this isn't "You Don't Bring Me Flowers" material. There are few love songs; rather they are emotional, and observational. Like with Jim Cuddy, it's all in the delivery. Cuddy and Ellsworth could each sing your grocery list with heart-tugging results.
As usual for the P.E.I. native, the songs come with a roots-country glow, with acoustic guitars, piano, and pedal steel on top of subtle bass and drums. Never too fast, never too slow, never too loud, never too soft, Ellsworth's serving up emotion just right.