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Gelb, Howe / Gathered
Album:Gathered Collection:General
Artist:Gelb, Howe Added:07/2019
Label:Fire Records 

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Album Review
Tom McCarter
Reviewed 2019-07-07 
Reviewed: 2019-07-07
Genre: Ja
FCCs: none
Review: Singer/songwriter Howe Gelb has made his name with desert-rock/alt-country pioneers Giant Sand, but he also has a lengthy solo career, and his 24th album finds him in his usual excellent form. Listening to this disc is like being at a dinner party with Gelb at the head of the table, telling stories, offering his sagacity, and taking the listener on clever lexical excursions. It features a host of international guests,who add their various vocal flavors. It’s a lovely collection of songs that offers sonic variety, wit, wisdom and intimate moments seemingly issued straight from the heart.
If You Like: Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits, Neil Young, Darcy Windover
Track Review (favorites denoted by *):
*1/ On The Fence – guitar starts> slow song on depression & end of a relationship> quick stop
2/ A Thousand Kisses Deep – spoken word intro> slow song on failed relationship interspersed with spoken word> vocal duet> cello joins> guitar solo> slow duet song> spoken word> fade
*3/ Not The End of The World – spoken word with guitar starts> slow song> joined by female vocal> muted trumpet solo> piano solo> slow duet song> fade on muted trumpet
*4/ Anna – guitar/piano starts loud> midtempo rocking instrumental> quick stop
5/ Give It Up – guitar starts> slow slinky song on broken relationship> quick stop
6/ The Open Road – guitar starts> short uptempo surf rocker> quick stop
*7/ Moon River – piano starts> slow song featuring female vocal> guitar solo> slow song> quick fade
**8/ Flyin’ Off The Rails – vocal starts> slow love song builds to midtempo> guitar solo> midtempo song> fade
*9/ Gathered – spoken intro> midtempo song about marriage with female chorus> quick fade on vocal
**10/ All You Need To Know – piano starts> midtempo song about getting over a breakup> piano solo> midtempo song> fade on piano
11/ The Park At Dark – spoken word intro – guitar starts> spoken word spooky story with guitar accompaniment and chorus> midtempo song to fade
***12/ My Little World – guitar/bass/drums jazzy start> mellow uptempo song about fantasizing> bass solo> piano solo> uptempo song> quick fade
*13/ Presumptuous – piano starts> slow song> female vocal joins for a duet>
*14/ Storyteller – piano starts> slow autobiographical song> short piano solo> slow song> chorus joins> slow song> chorus joins> slow song> fade on piano
**15/ Steadfast – vocal starts> midtempo song, perhaps about a dream> quick fade

Track Listing
1.On The Fence 7.Flyin' Off The Rails
2.A Thousand Kisses Deep (Feat, M Ward) 8.Gathered (Feat. Pieta Brown)
3.Not The End Of The World (Feat. Anna Karina) 9.All You Need To Know
4.Anna 10.The Park At Dark
5.Give It Up 11.Presumptuous (Featu. Kira Stov)
6.Moon River (Feat. Talula Gelb) 12.Storyteller
 13.Steadfast