This review is written by Kevin McCarthy, 7/05
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In his music, Terence Martin chronicles relationships. He portrays the self, others, distinct geographies and best (worst?) of all, mismatched couples.
Unlike his last two releases, the songs comprising this release have a more
With his previous pair, he cast his spell from the onset with
remarkable opening cuts--those being "The Way It Didn't Go" and
"Waterproof." Here, there is no stop-what-you-are-doing-and-listen song
but rather a collective effort that entices.
This is the classic story of being unable to
live with or without the other person.
Highlighting a tangle between a mismatched pair of lovers in "it won't be tomorrow," Martin sings of the residue:
"Sleep Faster" is the quizzical opening cut. Difficult to discern, one compelling segment is:
"...I went to bed later
but sleep didn't come easy
lying there next to me was her point of view
it pushed and it shoved me
and it took all the blankets
it tossed and it turned
and it looked just like you..."
"...he passed through you like a town"Hank Williams" relays the disappearance of Williams' headstone, but as with most Martin compositions, it's a little different. He sings:
it's not love when you don't stick around
it's just visiting
they just go there to say they've been..."
"...were they fans or were they vandalsHere is Martin's depiction of breakup-caused insomnia in "eight ball":
did they think that it would pay
did they roll away the stone
like it was resurrection day..."
"I sleep with one eye openThe shifting roles we play throughout life and the resulting labels are presented in "east of the river."
and the other one shut tight
and stare at half the ceiling
half the night..."
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