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  • Audio CD (April 7, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Signature Sounds
  • ASIN: B001TKKAPU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #153,205 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Not Far Now is Richard Shindell's first collection of new original songs in six years, and he knew it was overdue. "There are various subtle indications that it is time to make a new album," he explains from his adopted hometown of Buenos Aires. "Like when my fans start looking at me funny, when I've run through every puzzle at every level in the sudoku book, or when my children start to ask me what I do for a living..."

Widely acclaimed as one of today's finest narrative songwriters, Shindell has a rare gift for using detail to illuminate his characters' motivations and actions without ever getting mired in minutiae. Not Far Now's nine new compositions (complimented by a pair of outside songs) are haunting vignettes that exist vividly beyond the song that documents them. Shindell gives the listener a window into these lives, but their story continues long after the window is shut. "Time deposits me, the character I'm writing about, and a listener there at the first line," he observes. "Then, at the end of the song, at the end of the last line, life and time go on. The song happens in between those two moments." The songs on Not Far Now are among Shindell's most cinematic and provocative, constructing scenarios in a voice that is notably free from moralizing, judgment, or conclusion.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Colin Spence on April 9, 2009
Format: Audio CD
I'm fairly new to the music of Richard Shindell; the only other albums I have are 'South of Delia' and 'Sparrows Point' - both of which I like very much, but for somewhat different reasons (in my book, both are '5 star' albums). I liked the sensitive lyrics and subtle melodies on 'Sparrows Point', so I bought 'Not Far Now' hoping for more of the same and, for the most part, it doesn't disappoint - but 'not everything in the garden is rosy'.

RS delivers some songs with a noticable edge to his vocals, whereas on others, he softens his tone to caress the lyrics; additionally, he uses a 'no frills' approach on 'State of the Union', and on 'Parasol Ants' and 'Get Up Clara', he introduces a touch of wry humour. Whilst he is in fairly good voice on most songs, I think his vocals are less consistent than those on either 'South of Delia' or 'Sparrows Point'. With a few of the songs, it seems to take a minute or so before RS really gets into his stride - but this may have something to do with the structure of those songs. RS plays a multitude of stringed instruments and his captivating bouzouki playing can be heard on many tracks. His supporting musicians/vocalists include 'old friends' Sara Milanovich (violin/viola and harmonies), Lucy Kaplansky (harmonies), Ben Wittman (percussion) and Viktor Krauss (acoustic bass); other featured instruments include electric guitar, pedal steel and keyboards. All involved combine their not inconsiderable talents to produce a classy accompaniment of layered sounds with a rich texture - something that the album shares with 'South of Delia'; compared to the lighter semi-acoustic sound of 'Sparrows Point', 'Not Far Now' might sound more 'produced', but it isn't over-produced by any means.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jimmy Dodson on July 17, 2009
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This CD grows on you tremendously. I love it. It plays constantly on my car iPod. I have been a fan of Richard for several years and have been fortunate enough to have seen him in concert. I always try and attend his concerts when they come to my area as he is a solid folk artist and his guitar playing is second to none. Terrific songwriter. His CDs have just the right touch, not overproduced, and I love this one because much of it is just him and guitar with modest background instrumentation.
Favorite cuts are Gethesemane Goodbye, One Man's Arkansas, Parasol Ants, and Balloon Man. Also love his rendition of Dave Carter's The Mountain. This version is surpurb and almost surpasses the original. If you love good folk music, give this a try, I don't think you will be disappointed.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By R. Kyle TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 29, 2009
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Some folk CDs can be a hard listen depending on the overall mood the artist creates. "Not Far Now" is like life, it's not all happy or sad, it's a mix. In 11 songs and about 44 minutes, we see street performers, mountains, a pastoral scene out on Highway 215 where a woman keeps a sales table for passing truckers.

Shindell's got a pleasant, expressive voice and lovely Lucy Kaplansky singing backups. The instrumentation is spare, but adds just the right touch like sunbeans on a polished hardwood floor.

Give this a listen. You're not far from a very pleasant experience.

Rebecca Kyle, June 2009
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By P. G. Swank on September 27, 2009
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Ok, I'm a fan. I have liked every one of Richard Shindell's albums. I don't have any criticisms of this album--it's listenable, it has variety, it is interesting. It's not overdone; it doesn't try to be something it's not; it's simply great listening. Richard Shindell incorporates the various aspects of his life into his music, and it is like getting to know him. I highly recommend this album.
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