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Underneath

David Wilcox (American)Audio CD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (February 23, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Vanguard Records
  • ASIN: B00000I0FH
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #307,060 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Though based in North Carolina, David Wilcox shares much with the New England folk mafia of John Gorka and Dar Williams. His seventh album pursues the quasi-spiritualist and anticonsumerist homilies of his previous work, without extending his artistic range much beyond some gussied-up rock arrangements and the failed trip-folk of "Sex and Music." Wilcox is at his best with romantic ballads such as "Home Within Your Heart," with its plain-spoken opening, "Too tired to sleep, too angry to pray / Too far down to get back up, too lost to find my way." But the fatal flaw here lies in the tone: Wilcox's social commentary grows preachy and cloyingly earnest, undercutting his melodic sophistication and tasteful acoustic arrangements. Fans of Wilcox will likely love this consistent, true-to-folk effort, but ultimately Wilcox is singing to the choir. --Roy Kasten

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Old Genius in New Clothes July 12, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
After Turning Point, I was greatly worried that David was getting away from plumbing the depths of his experience as Soul in this wild world, and starting to become predictably "sensitive" or folky. I liked some of the album, but I missed the perfectly crafted gems on his early recordings, and felt he hadn't found a good style with which to replace them.
My first spin of Underneath relieved all my fears. The second meanings have gone back to being sly and tricky, and the emotion is raw and honest again (though not as innocent as in days of old -- and who is?).
The instrumentation is not as grungy as on Turning Point (for which I'm glad) but features more energy and expansiveness than most of his older material. His voice sounds as gorgeous as ever.
The David I knew and loved is back, though he's changed and grown older. His beautiful new recording makes me willing to forget the old days, open my ears and heart, and grow with him.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Real Meaning is "Underneath" March 2, 1999
Format:Audio CD
The downfall of any of David Wilcox's studio albums is that they can in no way capture the essence and energy of Wilcox in concert. Only 'East Asheville Hardware (Live)' comes close, and by the artist's own admission, those songs are the one which don't fit the typical album effort.
'Underneath' is a return to what makes Wilcox great, however...a depth of lyric which challenges and defies the listener to capture the full meaning. Obviously, Wilcox means "Sex and Music" to be the explanation that he has given up trying to please the masses and instead will follow his musical heart. The words of advice Hamlet received might be most appropriate to Wilcox's latest effort: "To thine own self be true."
If Wilcox threw in a few overt references to God, this might be a best seller in the Contemporary Christian marketplace. As it is, the Wilcox's Quaker influence isn't front-and-center enough for the religious and sounds preachy to the secular. "Down Here" could be the plight of everyman who seeks to find eternal redemption in a better place. Or, it may be that only through our friends can we find redemption 'down here'.
Songs with the depth of "Spirit Wind" demand full attention, perhaps in a secluded place with headphones. Don't expect to be entertained by these songs which require full attention and some dedication to personal interpretation in order to understand and appreciate them. But then again, very few gold nuggets are ever found on top of the ground in broad daylight. That kind of treasure must be excavated.
If you are after unbelievable accoustic riffs and lyrics which keep you awake at night pondering their depth of meaning, 'Underneath' will fill the bill nicely.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Going back to what works April 23, 2000
Format:Audio CD
After a departure with his album, Turning Point, David Wilcox has gone back to what works - simple guitar melodies, meaningful storytelling lyrics, and the background vocals of Jennifer Kimball.
Wilcox offers an intelligent alternative to what is offered by pop music's Top 40. If you're a Wilcox fan you will appreciate this album. It's reminiscent of David's earlier work. I can tell this one will become one of my favorites along with "How Did You Find Me Here?"
Do yourself a favor. Purchase this album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Back to his old formula... November 8, 1999
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I share with the view that David is at his best with a simple acoustic in his hands and a microphone. Seeing him in concert is a joy to watch. This album is at the heart of his personal touch and style that has endeared him to thousands. Damn the critics who are scared of what he has to say...I only wish more artists weren't so scared to say exactly what is on their minds. David does this and stays true to his beliefs, hopes and dreams. This is what is called "art." "Underneath" is an amazing album that is great to listen to when you want to think.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Sleeper, An Absolute Gem March 2, 2002
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I've been a major David Wilcox fan since the beginning--when he hit the national scene with his critically acclaimed 1989 A&M album "How Did You Find Me Here." I've purchased all his other albums immediately after they were released, and seen him in concert. He is an enormous talent, a consummate artist. No singer-songwriter has moved me so much since I first discovered Jackson Browne, James Taylor, and Joni Mitchell as a kid back in the early 70s. Times have changed, and David Wilcox will never be as popular as his predecessors, but he is just as talented. He has not put out a bad album or even a mediocre one. Having thus established my fan credentials, I want to say that "Underneath" is my personal DW favorite. It has had more time in my CD changer than any other in my very large collection since it arrived two years ago. "Underneath" has never been given the credit it deserved, which is a shame. I think it is one David Wilcox's most musically and lyrically mature works. I put it right at the top of the DW catalogue with my other personal favorite, "Big Horizon" (both are on my 10 favorite albums list). "Underneath" is lyrically sophisticated, musically complex and subtle at the same time. Several of the songs on this album have a bittersweet melancholia, both musically and lyrically, but the overall tone is one of discovery, hanging on, and spiritual hope, with a feel somewhat similar to James Taylor's "Hourglass." DW's virtuoso accoustic guitar work is as good on this CD as any he has recorded, but is completed nicely by other touches, including uillean pipes, keyboards, electric guitar, great percussion, and terrific harmony vocals from several artists, including Allison Krauss and Jennifer Kimball. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars Smooth, slick & sincere
Wilcox shows his mastery of the singer-songwriter genre. He's got a terrific voice (great control, with a tone resembling and almost as pretty as James Taylor's) and a great ear... Read more
Published on August 17, 2002 by Patrick Noonan
4.0 out of 5 stars Lord god of the song
david wilcox is a genius, he is without a doubt one of the best singer/songwriters that has ever lived..... Read more
Published on August 2, 2002 by Trey
4.0 out of 5 stars Not his best, but worth a listen.
No one knows his name, unless they are a fan. If so, they know all of the words by heart. This guy is so good you can't help but listen. Read more
Published on October 1, 2000 by Michael A. Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars dedicated listener
David Wilcox's music was introduced to me maybe ten years ago by a friend. I have anxiously awaited his every release since, and I have seen him in concert in Tucson. Read more
Published on July 22, 2000 by Ed Dittmer
1.0 out of 5 stars Very Disappointing
I bought this CD because I really liked some of David Wilcox's older music. In specific the catchy tunes and the meaning behind the music. Read more
Published on May 2, 2000 by bob summers
2.0 out of 5 stars Too Depressing
After listening to this album, I felt like I was "underneath". As in the ground... A friend led me to "East Asheville Hardware" last year and I loved it because... Read more
Published on March 23, 2000 by Lynda Standley
4.0 out of 5 stars one of the best current singer/songwriters
David Wilcox is a pretty amazing artist. He is a unique acoustic guitar player, a fine singer, and a songwriter who ranks far above the norm. Read more
Published on September 7, 1999
4.0 out of 5 stars David's voice is superb on this gritty material.
David Wilcox's rich baritone is at its very best on "Underneath." There are some dark, gritty emotions portrayed and David retains his ability to take us "down... Read more
Published on May 6, 1999 by blm@usor.com
3.0 out of 5 stars Close, but no cigar
After spending $80+ on David Wilcox material over the last year, and eagerly awaiting new material to sink my teeth into, "Underneath" has left me feeling, well,... Read more
Published on April 4, 1999 by Mike Liderbach (lidermike@aol.com)
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