11.8.06

Chill Out with Slaid Cleaves

Broke Down (2000)
Unsung (2006)

Recommended listening

Slaid Cleaves has just released his new recording Unsung which is a collection of songs by admired friends and colleagues according to his website info.

Cleaves, who hails from Maine but now lives in Texas, sings about people and the stuff of everyday life in a voice that has been described as "packed with Texas trail dust."

Listening to Cleaves' songs is like listening to a storyteller. And the songs, more often than not, are reflections of characters trying to get on with their lives and moving on. And that reminds me of Bruce Springteen's dark album "Nebraska."

His early hit album Broke Down, a favourite of mine, is a good example of his reflective renditions.

Broke Down released in 2000 and his 1997 debut album No Angel Knows had met with effusive critical praise. Broke Down was a well-crafted collection of songs that help boost his popularity.

"Cleaves tells gorgeously compact stories in a voice packed with Texas trail dust." -- Entertainment Weekly

". . . one of the finest singer-songwriters in Texas." -- Neil Strauss, The New York Times

> Visit Slaid Cleaves' website
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