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On his debut album, novelist Tommy Wallach expands on the sparse sound of his eponymous 2008 debut EP (Decca) with rich production that perfectly compliments his dramatic, literary style.
Right away, I Meant It To Be Sweet emerges as a mind-boggling collage of musical influences. The opening “Cold As Christ” struts with Paul Simon confidence, while “Misanthrope” quietly turns a Rufus Wainwright vibe into airy French pop. “To Keep You Dancing” reveals an energetic cabaret influence, and “The Charade of the Encore” brings some honky tonk rock’n‘roll into the fold. Even “Whisper” delves into Doors territory with its dark, creepy swagger. When the piano driven “Homicidal Tendencies” finally finishes things off, the literate, at times humorous, world of Tommy Wallach has become a three-dimensional city of emotional skyscrapers build on the experience of life.
Sometimes it’s nice to put the feet up and view the world through someone else’s eyes for a spell. Tommy Wallach’s vibrant vision perfectly balances soothing comfort with captivating songs born from the fountain of age. Take a ticket and enjoy the show.
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