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Strangely, I enjoyed EVERY song on the CD except his first single 'Listen'. It is an alright song. The real treasures here are; Street Corner Preacher; Ease Back; Won't Let Me Go. Those are my three favorites from the CD, though there are a few others I absolutely loved as well.
Here are the tracks and how I would rate them (1-5):
1 Listen - 2.5 stars - it's alright. kind of grown on me
2 Won't Let Me Go - 4.5 stars - I love his high vocals in this one
3 Baby I Want You - 4 stars - loved this one also, very soft
4 Truth - 4 stars - this is classic Amos
5 What's Been Going On - 3.5 stars
6 Street Corner Preacher - 5 stars - might be the best track on the album
7 It Started to Rain - 4.5 stars - a very soft gem
8 Jails and Bombs - 4.5 stars - his most meaningful song, lyrically
9 Kid - 4.5 stars - another wonderful song, deep lyrics
10 Ease Back - 5 stars - super mellow
11 Better Days - 3.5 stars
Lots of 4.5's and a few 5's! This is really a wonderful CD that I would recommend to anyone, whether you are an Amos Lee fan or have never heard him before. I am sure many will consider this his best CD, but I would definitely tell anyone looking at Amos for the first time to get his first CD. There were so many amazing songs on that album, I don't know if he will ever top it. This CD, Last Days at the Lodge, is a huge improvement over his sophmore album, though. Overall, 4.5 stars and highly recommended!
I love the man's voice and it's so good, so spiritually nourishing, to hear a singer who actually SINGS and clearly puts his heart and soul into doing so. It's also good to listen to songs that speak about other things beside the usual, the predictable and the tired. I could be mistaken but I could swear I hear Bob Dylan influences.
All songs are Lee compositions and he also plays guitars. His core rhythm section is made up of Doyle Bramhall, Jr on guitar, Spooner Oldham on keyboards, Pino Palladino on bass and James Gadson on drums but also making appearances are Greg Liesz on pedal steel, Rami Jafee on keys, Jamie Muhoberac on additional keys, Justin Stanley on keys, bass, drums, percussion, Don Was on keys and Patrick Leonard on harmonium & b-3. String arrangements are by the legendary Larry Gold.
It doesn't quite reach the dizzy heights of sweetness and angst that his self-titled debut Amos Lee did but I definitely prefer this to its follow up, Supply and Demand. Four very solid stars.
There are many gems on this LP and for the most part, singer songwriter fans will be happy with the purchase. "Listen" starts the LP out, giving fans what they know and love about Amos: smart, caring lyrics, tight vocals and a nice rhythmic jam. "What's Been Going On", another track with much airplay, will have you hitting the repeat button on your ipod over and over as well!
However, I need to mention there seems to be a few filler songs here too. Amos seems to have tried the Maxwell falsetto-RB-thing with songs like "Baby I want You." And although I applaud him for mixing it up, it just doesn't play up to his strengths as a singer. As with many singer songwriters, the record executives seem to push them for more material `while they're hot', often before they're ready (this I feel is the case also with Ray Lamontagne latest LP). Sometimes, it take years for a really good song to brew and that is why, first time fans would be happier with the LP Supply and Demand. Long time fans and music lover looking for something a little different will still enjoy Last Days at the Lodge. Oh and also, It is an absolute must to see Amos Lee live!
My favorite tracks are LISTEN, TRUTH, and STREET CORNER PREACHER.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I would give ANYTHING Amos Lee sings 5 stars! This, as usual, is better than wonderful!Published 8 months ago by Charlottem
Amos Lee could sing Mary had a Little Lamb and it would good. So this is a gem.Published 10 months ago by Matthew Chew
Mr. Lee is a star destined to shine, hopefully, for many years to come. I haven't purchased all of his music but am on the hunt. Saw him on" Daryl's House" and got hooked. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Bob
Love his voice and lyrics. Very talented guy. Music very pleasing. Would love to see him in concert one day.Published 20 months ago by Jeanne Chambers
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