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Label:
  Accord
Serial:
  S6001
Title:
  Colin Linden: Big Mouth
Description:
  "Big Mouth"

Colin Linden
Track listing:
  1. Big Mouth
2. Without the One You Love
3. Don't Tell Me
4. Skeleton Key
5. The Last Thought
6. Wasn't That Enough
7. Wrong Side of the Bed
8. Just Believe
9. Blind River Bound
10. Away Way Too Long
11. Back in Town
12. Spirit of the Golden Tone
13. Power On
14. Before the Dawn
15. Hard Time Killing Floor Blues
Genre:
  Blues
Content:
  Stereo/Multichannel
Media:
  Hybrid
Recording type:
 
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Review by Metralla July 13, 2003 (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
Performance:   Sonics:
I was looking for a couple of new SACDs, and was thinking of one of the Nickel Creek albums, but I have the CDs. I saw the cover of "Big Mouth" and it looked interesting, so I took a chance and picked it up. Wow - I'm so glad I did.
I buy SACDs of many different genres, and in most cases they are sonically very satisfying, but sometimes the music is a little far from my roots in folk, rock and blues. I'm happy to say that this one is right up my alley.

You can read Colin's discography on allmusic.com, so I won't bore you by repeating what you can read there. This particular album has not been reviewed there, however, and I've not seen anyone here refer to the SACD. So a few words ...

Colin wrote all the songs except for track 15, "Hard Time Killing Floor Blues". Colin plays a very mean slide guitar as well a great acoustic guitar. His voice reminds me of The Band (he was on two of their post-Robbie records), and he has quite a high range that seems pretty easy for him.

His lyrics are really excellent. For example, on track 8, "Just Believe", he sings with Jonell Mosser:

"Fortune passes by
Beauty fades from sight
There's no reason to grieve
Just believe.

A simple act of faith is sometimes all it takes
To lift you up and set your spirit free
Just believe"

Gospel, folky blues. He sounds a bit like Bruce Cockburn - no surprise there (they are friends), and Bruce joins him "Blind River Bound" playing a 12-string. He also reminds me of Keb' Mo', though his style is not quite as sparse; and Keb' comes in on track 6 playing slide and harmonica. Lucinda Williams joins Colin on "Don't Tell Me" singing a very nice duet with him (and having a good laugh at the end of the song) and Lee Roy Parnell does a duet on track 10 - "Away Too Long". These are all great songs.

The rest of the band comprises drums, bass, piano, organ (on track 14 - very smooth), upright bass. The atmosphere is acoustic with a lovely depth, controlled but extended bass, and an open, sweet treble. It is in surround sound but I can't comment on how that works. The album was mixed by John Whynot and mastered by Greg Calbi. It sounds divine.

There is a mistake in the lyric sheets, wherein the pages have been assembled out of order, and you'll probably find yourself reading the lyrics; I certainly did. And there's this in "Spirit of the Golden Tone":

"Hey Rick Danko wherever you are
I can hear your voice from beyond the stars"

Good one, Colin. So can I mate.

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