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CD REVIEW: Garrison Doles - Whenever I'm With You
By Dan Cohen - 04/13/2009 - 01:26 PM EDT

Artist: Garrison Doles
Album: Whenever I'm with You
Genre: Acoustic folk/blues/jazz
Sounds Like: john prine
Technical Grade: 6/10
Production/Musicianship Grade: 6/10
Commercial Value: 6/10
Overall Talent Level: 7/10
Songwriting Skills: 5/10
Performance Skill: 7/10
Best Songs: mahalia jane, whenever I'm with you, redemption, buddha's theme
Weakness: arrangements need some variety
CD Review: This is a good album for a Sunday morning. getting the kids up for church, recovering from a hangover, it all works. Buddha's Theme's got a little quirky beat, nice vocals, a great change of pace. As for the rest- pretty playing, and a consistent sound throughout. It may start to feel a bit the same, and there could be some work on the arrangements so that the instrumentation is a little different from chorus to verse, from verse to bridge, etc. But why quibble? Title song is a fun little rave-up. And the rest is a pleasant afternoon with an old friend. Nothin' wrong with that.

Fragrant walk in the woods: 6 of 10

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