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Reviews: Lyle King ~ 5 A.M.|
Posted on Saturday, November 06, 2004 @ 08:47:50 UTC
Artist: Lyle King
CD: 5 A.M.
Home: Burlington, Vermont
Quote: "Lyle King holds plenty of promise in the singer/songwriter genre."
By Aaron Bragg
A talented guitarist—winner, in fact, of Vermont’s “Acoustic Guitar Search” competition, among others, Lyle King holds plenty of promise in the singer/songwriter genre, not to mention “folk-rock,” “coffeehouse,” or whatever it is music industry wags are calling this stuff these days.
As for me, I’m comfortable with the “singer/songwriter” moniker, if only because I find so much comfort in it. It’s innocuous and easy on the ears. Predictable, even. No matter who the artist is, you’re bound to hear above-average guitar work, interesting lyrics, and, if you’re really lucky, a decent enough singing voice.
On 5 A.M., his follow-up EP to 2002’s Left Standing, King manages to hit two out of three. His guitar chops are, well ... more than above average, and his voice has a plaintive yet agreeable sound. As for the lyrics, they cover some pretty familiar territory: relationships good, bad, and ugly. This is what you’d probably put on your stereo at, oh, I don’t know — 5 a.m., when you’re either pissed off at your girlfriend or wishing you had one.
What saves 5 A.M. from sinking into singer-songwriter obscurity, though, is King’s penchant for writing great melodies. (That would be the “songwriter” part of the genre for those keeping score at home.) On tracks like “Leap of Faith” and “Connecticut,” King’s lyrics take a back seat to some pretty fine music, and the listener can’t help but whistle ’em long after the disc stops spinning.
Personally, I’m interested in what Lyle King’s going to write about in a few years. The guy’s only in his early 20s, after all — a few more heartaches and he’ll have a lot more to say. For the time being, however, he’s making some ... nice music.
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