Thursday, December 4, 2014

CD Review: Stephen Doster "Arizona" (Atticus Records)

One thing that I never really think about musicians when I hear their music is the live show in the sense of their placement on a bill.   Yet I can't help but think that it would be rather hard to imagine Stephen Doster as an opening act.    It's not even so much a matter of "Try following that one", but that his songs just seem like mini-shows, as if they would be your reason for going out that night.

There is this piano/folk/country sound to Doster right away and it reminds me of R.E.M. and Dada though there is also this sort of underlying Coldplay sound but not.   If you're a fan of Coldplay you should like this but even if you're not you could still like it (For the record, I don't like Coldplay but do enjoy this a great deal)    This stretches through some Tom Petty sounds and some classic rock mixed with pop that I want to place at Wings or so but know isn't quite like that specifically.

Some more staples in music come out in Elvis Costello, Eric Clapton, Bruce Springsteen (for the horns) and the piano number which is the seventh song resembles a Billy Joel story rather well.   And having that storyteller quality isn't too far fetched either as the following song is called "Pistol Pete" and is about said basketball player.    Though don't let that fool you into thinking that you can't pull quotes from the lyrics because "Don't hold your breath for her, you will die" is among my favorites.

What it comes down to then is that Stephen Doster seemingly does it all and if someone is going to do all this then it's not so much a matter of whether or not someone could follow but why would anyone in their right mind want to?    After this it's "thank you, good night" and then you're stuck in traffic in the parking lot.

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