On his second release, Belly of the Lion, Texas native David Wingo â€“ under the moniker Ola Podrida â€“ delivers not quite a dozen beautifully written, sweeping tracks that evoke the desolate landscape captured on the albumâ€™s cover. Known best as a music composer behind movies like George Washington and All the Real Girls, itâ€™s not surprising that Belly of the Lion sounds a bit like a movie score. Bringing up influences like Nick Drake and Elliott Smith, Ola Podridaâ€™s sound can tend to be a bit predictable about halfway into the album. Thatâ€™s not a bad thing; just donâ€™t expect much variety beyond the moodier singer songwriter tunes Wingo is known for. All in all, a quite beautiful escape.
Rating: 8 out of 10
Top track: â€œLakes of Wineâ€ and â€œThe Closest We Will Ever Beâ€
Ola Podrida â€“ Belly of the Lion /CD/9 tracks/2009/Western Vinyl/ http://www.myspace.com/olapodrida