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CD REVIEW: Piecemeal Starts and Frequent Stops – “Piecemeal Starts and Frequent Stops”
By Stacey Board - 08/11/2003 - 05:16 PM EDT

Artist: Band: Piecemeal Starts and Frequent Stops
Album: “Piecemeal Starts and Frequent Stops”
CD Review: Neel Farrar and Noel Leonard are the creative team that put the CD together. It is classic rock influenced songwriting but with a lighter touch on instrumentation.

They give a nod to Bowie and others in their liner notes and the influences are detectable there. The vocals give me a hint of Bowie, but this would be Bowie’s more acoustic laid back cousins perhaps. There is also a clue that the fellows are from Alabama. There is a bit of country and southern rock feel to it that is very enjoyable.

The songwriting is solid. These are nice melodies well played and nicely produced. You will also hear some very fine acoustic guitar playing. Some of the songs are somewhat atmospheric, meant to evoke a mood, like “Tracks” or “Fall For You”. Some are more just straightforward fun like “Welcome to the Ball” and “Highway”. I can’t comment on track 10 because for some reason my old CD player couldn’t play it.

I don’t know if the title is meant to imply that this CD took a long time to put together but perhaps it is only a thematic title. “Piecemeal Starts and Frequent Stops” is a fine collection of energetic tunes from a talented team of songwriters.
2232 Magnolia Ave. South, Birmingham, AL 35205

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