Shawn Fogel â€“ One Day In The Desert / 2007 The Sleepy West / 5 Tracks / http://www.shawnfogel.com /
The first track on â€œOne Day In The Desertâ€ is â€œThe Season I Love Bestâ€, a sunny track that rides strongly on the harmonica that opens up the song. Hell, if there was nothing else but the harmonica acting as the vocal component to the track, Fogel would have started off â€œOne Day In The Desertâ€ strongly. Fogel eventually enters into the mix, throwing a bass into all of the nooks and crannies that previously had not been touched by the drums and harmonica. What results is something reminiscent at points of Bright Eyes, but with a slightly happier demeanor. After Fogelâ€™s big splash during â€œThe Season I Love Bestâ€, ey moves into â€œLeaves, Corners, Stonesâ€.
â€œLeaves, Corners, Stonesâ€ is a track that eschews much of the style put forth during â€œThe Season I Love Bestâ€, taking on a milder interpretation of early seventies rock. It is during this track where Fogelâ€™s vocals shine the brightest; the breakdown of the instrumentation allows eir vocals to create a harmony that is among the most infectious on the disc. Topping all of this off is a synthesizer that will immediately remind individuals of The Red Hot Valentines; all this means is that Fogel is looking incredibly strong coming into the hump track â€œWhatâ€™s Mine Is Mineâ€. â€œWhatâ€™s Mine Is Mineâ€ is a much slower track, but Fogel is strong enough to keep the momentum high. Where the guitars do not do much beyond create a canvas for Fogelâ€™s vocals, the resulting track shifts into gear with the smart progression that kicks in, linking guitar and harmonica once more. If I was in the desert for one day and only had one disc that I could choose to listen to, I would have to say that it would be this one. Fogel comes out of left field with one of the strongest EPs of this year.
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