Cliff Eberhardt has been one of those individuals that has been in the periphery for a number of years, but has never gotten the fame or recognition that ey deserves. With â€œ500 Milesâ€, I feel that there is enough present to bring in an entirely new fan base that may yet catapult Eberhardt to stardom. The album starts out with â€œ500 Milesâ€, a song that tells just as much with the wide-open silent spaces as it does with the emotive vocals and the equally poignant guitar work present. â€œHave A Little Heartâ€ is the next track on â€œ500 Milesâ€, and it changes things up slightly to allow Eberhardtâ€™s vocals to take a dominant position. In doing that, there is a little more pop feeling to the track that will allow a wider swath of listeners to appreciate what ey is doing here.
Nowhere here does Eberhardt sell out eir ideals, though: the pacing is delightful, while there is a dusty honesty present that calls forth both Bob Dylan and even a cowboy tradition. â€œLonelyvilleâ€ may just be the best track on â€œ500 Milesâ€ due to the soul that is brought to the track. Hints of Garth Brooks, Bryan Adams, and even Elvis can be heard as Eberhardt boldly forges through and crafts eir own style. â€œWhen The Leaves Begin To Fallâ€ is a perfect track for this portion of the year, as it provides all the warmth that is needed to ensure that listeners can make it through the rapidly-falling temperatures of the climate.
It is this hope and lightness that showcases the diversity of styles that one can find on â€œ500 Miles, no matter how much of Eberhardtâ€™s corpus they have heard in the past. Over twenty years in the game and it seems like Eberhardt has the skill necessary to continue changing, evolving all the time, and in â€œ500 Milesâ€, one may just have heard the crowning achievement in Eberhardtâ€™s resume. Pick this album up today.
Top Tracks: Have A Little Heart, I Want To Take You Home
Cliff Eberhardt â€“ 500 Miles: The Blue Rock Sessions / 2009 Red House / 12 Tracks / http://www.cliffeberhardt.net / http://www.redhouserecords.com