This review is written by Kevin McCarthy, 8/04
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David LaMotte's latest release provides a very
intriguing, although maybe
unintended, arc. He begins with songs about
individuals who are a bit off-kilter, souls a touch ill-fitting both to their own skin
and society in general, and then shifts to pondering relationships that
thread among nature, the mystical and even the Bible. Next he
smacks the listener with a trenchant commentary that melds media
human fallibility. Finally, he concludes with a tender love
song that reverses the grain of the previous selections. Dare this all be
described as his magical mystery tour of humankind?
"Spin" is the most biting cut. A look at pandering to the
basest of human instincts, LaMotte sings of a family watching
"...Give me the update, tell me again
Show me the difference between us and them
Give it a number between one and ten
Give me the headline, give me the spin..."
Is anything fair and balanced when context and history are precluded because they neither fit into soundbites or might take longer than the average human attention span? Do we get what we truly need or just what we're willing to settle for from our major media?
"I've been searching for the right wordsThen, instead, it becomes clear that the individual is struggling for just what to say to a loved one who is elsewhere.
I've been straining for the sound
My head is full of voices
I've been trying to write them down..."
"I work at the Super 8It's actually a poignant description of a room cleaner whose horizons of life were drawn at an early age.
Down there by the interstate
I do the things nobody wants to do..."
"...There are so many lives on the line hereThe sensual "Home," depicting a couple who comfortably fit together, closes out the release.
This is not some philosopher's game
And if you draw your sword Peter
You may not raise that sword in my name...
Maybe you think I'm a fool
Maybe a fool's what I am
Maybe I will die for nothing
If nothing will change in the end..."
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