A new album of songs about knockouts and wakeups.
After half a dozen albums under his own auspices, Noam Weinstein has established a singular reputation as a confident and oftentimes quirky singer/songwriter. The cover of his latest disc - showing him in a boxing ring hand-in-hand with a referee - attests to that notion, but as with his past releases, Weinstein's newest set of performances is all but irresistible. The emphatic and intoxicating pulse of 'Birthday' & 'Healthy' and the percolating stroke of 'Kill Me Again' reflect an absolute emphasis on pure pop perfection. Catchy, concise and delivered with emotional underpinnings, Clocked is melodic and memorable, sung from a vulnerable first person perspective. Charm rather than chance is the key element here, as Weinstein nails every hook and shades his songs with rich melodic tapestries helped along by producer Mike Viola, a respected pop auteur in his own right. Weinstein is another example of someone deserving of wider success, and whether or not he achieves it will inevitably be due to factors having nothing to do with talent, because clearly his skills are more than sufficient. There are songs here that could eventually be seen as standards if they reached enough willing ears. Hopefully then, there s plenty of time for Weinstein to clock the attention he deserves. --Lee Zimmerman, No Depression