Album Reviews: Alright Now
Boston.com Album Review
Maine-based David Mallett is one of the most underrated folkies of our time. He's best known for his ecological "Garden Song," recorded by Pete Seeger, John Denver, and Arlo Guthrie. But Mallett has made a slew of great albums, from early discs produced by Peter, Paul & Mary's Noel Paul Stookey to this latest, a masterpiece worthy of the sly old fox that he is. Mallett's voice, which echoes the troubadour side of Gordon Lightfoot and the utter honesty of Guy Clark, is most adept at addressing the passage of time. "As you grow old/ Just stay in a place in your mind like a tune from an innocent time," he sings on one jangly, Byrds-inspired tune. The band arrangements have an easy lope to them, but also a twangy guitar bite, as in the gutbucket folk-blues sound of "Ten Men." He gets topical on the "End of the Day" (questioning the "information-cluttered" digital world) and in the thought-provoking "North Meets South," about the hope stemming from Barack Obama's inauguration. Mallet, 58, is a keen, sharp-eyed observer, whether he's addressing the pitfalls of life ("Dark Side of the Moon") or the joy of a newborn child on "Beautiful." This is an exquisite, ennobling record, made by a terrific craftsman.
- Steve Morse
David's definitively smooth voice consistently carries with it through numerous tales from song to song throughout the album it's smooth clear concise and of course very well written. But moreover, it's really real music in it's truest formthe truest form ever imaginable
For over four decades, this Americana Musician has produced a dozen albums and with each release tending to over shadow the previous. This tune master seems to literally thrive within the mist of music, melody, and song. David Mallett has once again taken his craft to a higher level and this time, has included almost an intimate look into his very being with his Alright Now album.
David Mallett's New Album is a Tour de Force of Songwriting and Emotions: Alright Now
It is always a major event when David Mallett releases a new album and such is the case with his latest: "Alright Now" (North Road Records, 2009) which is his 14th in a career that spans four decades; it is, also, his first album of original material in over 6 years and the ten tracks are among the best he's ever penned!
"Maine folk singer David Mallett makes good music sound easy. He entered the recording studio with a guitar and a batch of songs, and he came out with one of the year's best records. Like Mallett's native state, 'Artist in Me' is free of frills. He simply sings about angels and backaches, falling stars and fear, dancing and death and other things that comfort and confound us. The arrangements are understated but catchy, with hooks provided by a bass line here and a harmonica riff there. At the center is Mallett's tenor,, warm and friendly and deserving of our attention."
- Steve Wine, Associated Press
Elk Creek Cafe + Aleworks
100 West Main St
Millheim, PA 16854
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|