|We here at Half A Cow asked the band Halfway to review this week's top demo. Reason being, Lucy was the person that started the 'Demo Of The Week' page and it seemed to make sense that the first band she crowned 'DOTW' should do so in return. Thanks to Ben Johnson from Halfway for taking the time to write the review.|
Upon listening to these seven songs, a unique relationship seems to form between Lucy and the listener (on this occasion the lucky listener was me). I say this whilst trying to differentiate this statement from the pretense of many others like it. You see, I came to this conclusion when listening to this collection of songs for the second time. As the opening track 'Long American Hugs' began to play again I was experiencing a feeling that I just couldn't put my finger on. Then it dawned upon me. I found myself engrossed in the yarn which Lucy was spinning. This was intriguing, in that I have never really pondered over American men and their long American hugs. However I remained rapt in subject till the end of the song. This feeling seemed to grow stronger as the songs progressed. Then I realized that this is what all great songs should do.
The second track, a cover of the Parton classic 'Jolene', is delivered with a strength that I believe is on a par with the original. Again, this is due to the personal means by which the tale is carried.
However for my part the greatest strength of this collection of songs lies in the third track 'Dolly, Dolly, Dolly'. This song encompasses everything that makes me want to like a song. It delivers a great story via a structure and melody that sends a tingle through the back of your head. This is a first-rate example of songwriting- very crafty indeed.
When 'The Stallion' plays, a wry smile comes to my lips. Whilst, 'Beer and Cigarettes' seems to me, to be a song best left listened to by yourself. It summons emotions that I never find when I hear this in the company of others. As odd as this may sound, it really is a compliment.
When all of these songs are coupled with the fine company of Nic Dalton and Ben Mason, and a style of guitar playing that I'm sure would bring a bourbon soaked smile to the face of Townes himself, the result is a collection of songs that I'm sure will bring a real experience to any listener. Such an experience can only be found when great songs are delivered well. - BJ
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