Jeffrey Gaines: Jeffrey Gaines
His debut album is eloquent about the honest, hard-working people trying make sense of a world that gets progressively more
dangerous and uncaring by the day. The subjects of the songs seem like the agenda of a contemporary support group: abrogation of
fatherly responsibility ("Didn't Wanna Be Daddy"), the need for self-love ("A Dark Love Song"), fear of failure ("Hero in Me"), and
paralyzing neurotic insecurity ("Scares Me More").
Gaines has a rich, expressive voice, husky and forceful: there's a hint of Elvis Costellos's throaty distemper, though Gaines is more
generally restrained. But the spartan musical settings aim at hushed subtleties and sometimes seem to vaporize instead. Still, there are
exceptions, notably "Hero in Me" and "Scares Me More," where he come sup with arrangements that flow with the clarity and focus
of his words. Despite some dirgelike numbers, which tend to make Gaines sound like a male Tracy Chapman, this debut holds a
lot of promise.
Garth Hudson guests on sax, organ, and accordion.
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Jeffrey Gaines - Jeffrey Gaines - 48:52 - 1992 - CEMA/Chrysalis 21840
AMG Rating: 8 (out of 9)