Noah Georgeson â€“ Find Shelter / 2006 Plain / 12 Tracks / http://www.myspace.com/findshelter / http://www.plainrecordings.com / Reviewed 15 April 2007
The opening to â€œFind Shelterâ€ is a track that feels almost as if Georgeson copped the music from a early sixties cowboy movie. In a sense, there are hints of Ennio Morricone tied to â€œThe Sound of Musicâ€, which creates something that is brooding yet hopeful all at the same time. When the vocals come into play during â€œWalking On Someoneâ€™s Elseâ€™s Nameâ€, the same style of emotion is present but there is a sharpness present that was not present during â€œTied To The Mountainsâ€.
The music is not anything that individuals would normally hear on the radio, but one would not do Georgeson service by only hearing one of the 12 cuts on â€œFind Shelterâ€. There is an older tradition tapped during the title track. Durig this track, it feels as if Georgeson is going down the path bravely blazed by individuals like Banhart; there are hints of 2006, but the song just feels so much more 1926 than anything. While it feels like each of the tracks on â€œFind Shelterâ€ are on the long end of four minutes, the entirety of the disc is packed into a half-hour. The masterful use of time by Georgeson shows eir maturity as a musician. During a track like â€œHand Me, Please, A Cityâ€, Georgeson is single-handedly able to create the whole of the harmony on the track with eir vocals. The track ends quickly, barely cracking the two-minute mark, but itâ€™s presence and impact cannot be overstated. There is one issue that comes forth during â€œGlorious Gloryâ€, and that is the inflection that Georgeson achieves during the track. It is one thing to have a close grouping of vocal approaches throughout a disc, but Georgeson almost has a monotone through a number of tracks on â€œFind Shelterâ€.
There is something of a positive that presents itself during this track, and that is the Voltaire-like chorus that comes forth. The vast majority of tracks on â€œFind Shelterâ€ are fun to listen to and tell a story, but there are some sharp edges to Georgesonâ€™s approach that need to be filed down before Georgeson can have a complete success. â€œAn Anvilâ€ is the strongest track on the disc, for the interesting use of vocals at the beginning; if more tracks could use this experimental nature, then the sequel to â€œFind Shelterâ€ will be on the top lists of all music reviewers for the year it comes out.
Top Tracks: An Anvil, Angry Afternoon