Alex Grantham – “When I Was A Boy…”

Album Reviews | By on Apr 8th, 2011

Record Label: S/R
Genre: Singer/Songwriter
Band Link: www.alexgrantham.com
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Interesting singer/songwriter stuff from Toronto. Very 60s folky songwriting, but there are moments of off-kilter instrumentation and cathartic, punk spirit.

The vocals have decent range – sometimes in a low register, but often soaring in an emotionally raw way and loud in the mix – reminiscent of early Dylan when he was particularly yarling. Lyrics are particularly strong and intelligent.

Overly long tunes are made more palatable with random instruments (I think I heard everything from a theremin to a saw), but more engaging melodies would have been more effective.

Bottom Line: Whip-smart lyrics are the high point.
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