Monday, November 29, 2010

Richard X. Heyman - Living Room

Richard X. Heyman

Living Room (1990): DIY singer/songwriter power-pop that Heyman recorded in his living room as a one-man (multi-tracked) band and its rough edges sound it, but that’s part of the rough-hewn charm, as are his scratchy cat vocals. Genre hops all over the place with some unsurprising Johnny Cash-style country touches (“Night Ride Rail”) and  Lyle Lovett-style gospel country on one track (“Deep Down in My Heart”), but mostly this is melodic guitar pop. The main problem’s the inconsistent songwriting – several of the songs are sublime, most are ordinary and unexceptional, and a small number actually grate. ***1/2

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