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CD REVIEW: Lyle King – “left standing”
By Stacey Board - 01/18/2003 - 12:51 AM EST

Artist: Lyle King
Album: “left standing”
CD Review: Lyle is a contemporary singer/songwriter with well written acoustic guitar based songs and a really pleasing versatile voice. His CD “left standing” integrates really nice pop touches without the songs becoming overproduced or shlocky. There’s some electric guitar here and there along with danceable percussion but it stays a still pleasant overall acoustic vibe.

Some really nice touches also come in the flavor of cello and keyboards. Lyle did the writing, arranging, production and recording and should be very proud of his work. He picked a really nice middle area that is neither too low key, or too overdone. The songs and performances are solid and he didn’t go overboard or make them sound too lame.

One of the standout tracks to me is “Angel” because the Michaela Condon and Lyle’s voices sound just great together. It’s a nice melody, and a great harmony line she’s singing. The cello adds a perfect finishing touch.

Another favorite of mine is “End Of The Line”, with its almost bossa nova vibe, nice driving beat, and pleasantly surprising melody line. This is a solid CD with interesting melodies, rhythms and arrangements.

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