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Public Domain: Songs From the Wild Land Image
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  • Summary: Former Blaster Dave Alvin offers an album of traditional American music (each song having passed into the public domain).
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  1. 90
    Often he sings with a richness, depth and conviction worthy of Johnny Cash. [Jan 2001, p.98]
  2. Dave Alvin brings an authentic voice and extraordinary understanding to his chosen tracks.... This is the work of a scholar as well as a master craftsman.
  3. As always, Alvin's guitar work is wonderfully supple and emotive, and stands out as the centerpiece of his arrangements. But, even more gratifying, a decade after leaving the Blasters, in which his brother Phil handled the vocal duties, Alvin has finally found his voice as a singer.
  4. He takes on the American songbook to stirring effect-often without relying on traditional arrangements.
  5. The resonant and smooth singing takes some getting used to if you're familiar with earlier, craggier, quirkier recordings, but by the gallant train-wreck tragedy of "Engine 143", I found myself singing along.
  6. 80
    Alvin injects these historic tunes with his own modern flavoring that keeps them fresh in light of their aging repose.
  7. It's not that these songs are all obvious or overdone--this nonfolkie had never heard a few of them. It's that they're so soft they squish even when Alvin tries to rev one past you, which usually he doesn't.

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  1. jerryb
    Feb 28, 2007
    9
    great concept for a folk disc. the beauty of this disc is how it plays at live shows. Dave did a lot of research for this and has added his great concept for a folk disc. the beauty of this disc is how it plays at live shows. Dave did a lot of research for this and has added his own flavor. a big thumbs up here Expand
  2. Hein
    Apr 30, 2006
    8
    Good record and a great live preformance