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Genres: Folk, Pop, Rock
Is Jeffrey Gaines the real deal or Elvis Costello redux? On the Pennsylvania singer-songwriter's third full-length release, his subtly soulful vocals often echo those of the esteemed Elvis. But that's where their similarit... more »
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Is Jeffrey Gaines the real deal or Elvis Costello redux? On the Pennsylvania singer-songwriter's third full-length release, his subtly soulful vocals often echo those of the esteemed Elvis. But that's where their similarities end. While his hero's cynical wordplays circle the romantic cul-de-sac, Gaines's rock-tinged pop takes a cautiously optimistic tone. He speeds freely on the freeway of love, but remains mindful of the potholes. Whether backed by studio hotshots (including members of David Bowie's touring outfit and ex-Springsteen E-Streeter David Sancious) or a string section, Gaines's supple songs shine. --Michael Evans
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Matthew C. (CoopXL) from KENOSHA, WI
Reviewed on 8/21/2009...
This is one of my desert island discs. Jeffrey Gaines is such a gifted singer/songwriter it's a shame he isn't more widely known.
I first discovered Gaines when his second album, "Somewhat Slightly Dazed", came out. I was pretty excited for new material and bought "Galore" right when it was released. It exceeded all my expectations. "SSD" is a great album, but "Galore" is better. Perhaps it comes from a sense of confidence in his talents. This is the type of album that only someone sure of himself can make.
The band sounds great and the production is full and rich, but some of the best moments are the more stripped down songs: "A Simple Prayer", "Praise or Blame", "Toast and Tea", and "Leave Her to Me".
The bonus disc includes a live version of Peter Gabriel's "In Your Eyes" that was re-released on his next CD "Always Be". When it was appeared on "Always Be" it became Gaines's biggest hit and helped him break modestly into the mainstream.
Incredible ear candy
Carie Guppy | Japan | 01/25/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I first listened to Jefferey Gaines in concert in 1993. I had heard "Hero in Me" on the radio and was hooked. After seeing him live, I ran out and bought the album. Since then, I've been telling people that if I ever lived on a deserted island and could only listen to one CD for the rest of my life, it would be Jefferey Gaines, Self-Titled. Now I would have a hard time choosing between the first album and Galore. What a master of vocals, guitar and lyrics! The man is a genius."
Carie Guppy | 08/07/1998
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Saw Jeffrey on stage - just him and his guitar. He did this whole recording and everything was excellent. His musical style, sense of humor and interesting lyrics make you hang on each song listening for something new everytime you listen. If you like Suzanne Vega, Seal or Sting, you will like Jeffrey Gaines."