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Lee's approach is similar to the way Keb' Mo' treats the blues--he injects his cushy personality into an established genre, writes good if somewhat casual songs, and doesn't push the envelope too far. The final third of the album is perhaps too mellow, and a few midtempo tracks could have perked things up. But adult-contemporary fans looking for dependable Sunday morning music will welcome Supply and Demand as a quality follow-up brimming with subtle soul, style, and sophistication. --Hal Horowitz
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But he hasn't. He's gone for a different producer this time around, leaving Lee Alexander for Barrie Maguire and thus, for a different sound.
He's turned it up in musical terms; his voice is bolder and whereas I always felt that he could've climbed on stage and performed the majority of the songs on "Amos Lee" armed with just his guitar, here he relies more on a full band. There are more background vocals here was well, though all performed by Lee himself.
Where I think he's turned things down a notch is on the angst, melancholy, the overall raw emotion he gave me on "Amos Lee". On that CD I felt a sense of identity and intimacy with the singer that I don't feel on this one. In fact where the first CD made me feel a range of emotions, this one makes me feel nothing. (Well, there was slight alarm at the totally unexpected mention of cocaine use on "Night Train" and one significant highlight was Lizz Wright popping up on background vocals on the anti-war song "Freedom" but that was about it).
That said, upon reflection I guess I have to hand it to the man for trying to progress and expand his sound. Most of what I've grown to like about Amos Lee (his voice, his songs) are all here and his personality still comes across pretty well. There's still good music here and it all makes for very pleasant, reflective listening. I'm still a fan. I just prefer his former CD to this one.
The singer/songwriter might seem to exude a cliched coffeehouse quality, but he never drifts into self-indulgence or monotony; a rarity among his peers. The soul that consumes his music is indicative of his hometown of Philadelphia, yet he has developed such a laid-back, churchy sound that he may as well as hail from Biloxi, Miss.
The fast-moving collection jets off with the folksy lead single "Shout Out Loud," which finds Lee waxing on his finite existence in the scope of all the people he sees on a busy street. With a winning melody and refreshingly informal lyrics, it is a fine indicator of the rest of the disc.
"Careless" provides a unique look at how friendships can dissolve when romantic intentions interrupt, as both Lee and his pal take a liking to the same woman. Similarly, "Skipping Stone" laments the fickle heart of a former flame while conceding that letting one's guard down is the only way true love can be fostered. A near-perfect role reversal occurs later with the sunny "Southern Girl."
"Freedom," which finds jazz artist Lizz Wright providing backup vocals, is another surefire highlight with its powerful words: "Don't want to blame the rich for what they got/Or point a finger at the poor for what they have not/Freedom is seldom found/By beatin' someone to the ground."
The title track is perhaps the most introspective on the album, yet it maintains a strong universal quality. Growing restless in the systematic way of life, Lee realizes after a night of jogging that he needs "a plan to understand that life ain't only supply and demand.Read more ›
Could it be that we are hearing the early works of another great ballad singer?
The songs are very laid back and the unhurried. They are romantic and heartfelt, sounding somewhat bluesy, somewhat country and absolutely genuine.
I purchased this CD based on Amazon recommendations and I am very pleased with the result. I look forward to listening to his self titled album.
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