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CD REVIEW: Doug Folkins – “Touchstone”
By Stacey Board - 08/11/2003 - 05:18 PM EDT

Artist: Doug Folkins
Album: “Touchstone”
CD Review: “Touchstone” is an interesting title for this collection of songs because it means a standard or a benchmark. Folkins has a wide ranging mix of songwriting on his CD. There are instruments as varied as tin whistles and jangly electric guitar leads. I like variety. Folkins’ songs still have a cohesive writing style which makes them all work together.

Some of the songs are bending towards country, some rock out and some sound more traditional. There’s definitely a southern rock flavor here even though all indications are that Folkins is from Canada. He’s assembled a fine bunch of players on the CD, each adding very nice touches and playing all their instruments well.

The production touches are also varied and I like how each song is different than the next. His writing covers topics that everyone can relate to, love, revenge, loss and nostalgia. He knows how to have a good time as in “Harold and Danny” but he also shows his vulnerable side as in “Please Don’t Whisper”. Folkins vocal style is full of emotion and you can tell he feels what he is singing.

This CD is a varied collection of songs that showcase Folkins own style and range of songwriting.

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