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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

CD Review: Eric Colville Band - X-Ray Glasses

Eric Colville Band – X-Ray Glasses
2008, Eric Colville

Can you imagine if Evan Dando had the guitar chops and songwriting sensibilities of Mark Knopfler? Well you don’t need to imagine such a combination; you merely need to take a listen to the Eric Colville Band’s X-Ray Glasses. Hailing from the North Shore of Boston, Eric Colville is a songwriter’s songwriter, with smart lyrics, great melodies and a sensibility for great hooks. Oh, and the band is top notch to boot!

12-Step Program is one of my favorites here, an alt-country mover and shaker that you won’t be able to resist. X-Ray Glasses and Picture Us Together are classics. Doer’s Lament is a very Springsteen singing with the Lemonheads moment. It’s the only way I can describe it, and it’s a very fun, catchy song.

Eric Colville knows how to write great songs, and he appears to know how to take the music seriously; himself less so. These are all elemental to a successful musician. He probably deserves much greater name recognition and fame than he’s likely to attain in today’s homogenized radio environment. But those of you in the know can spread the word. He’s the real deal. And X-Ray Glasses is worth your time.

Rating: 4 Stars (Out of 5)

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