Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
You don't know what you're missing
Randall G. Arnold | North Texas | 03/13/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Nobody knows who Tom Kimmel is, it seems, and that's a pity. Everyone has heard his songs performed by others, but to get the full effect you have to listen to the real thing.This album definitely echoes the energy and sound of its time (1990), but don't be fooled by that-- the music is timeless. Tom's emotions come to the fore on every number but most especially on powerful uptempo numbers like "Always" and "Face to Face", two very sensual songs. At the other end of the intensity spectrum are the comforting "Love is My Religion" and "Circle Back Home", the latter assuring us with its toe-tapping beat that yes, we can go home again. I see it as the more optimistic rehash of his earlier cynical "5 to 1" (off the pleasing album of the same name).The one that always stands out for me is "Bon Vivant", Tom's tribute to the impeccable Roy Orbison style (to which Tom does admirable justice). His soaring vocals combined with an apropo minimal production send chills down my spine. Sadly, Tom says he can no longer hit the high notes as he used to so this one doesn't get performed live these days. A pity.Another cut that makes a strong impression on me as an artist and writer is the high-energy "Grace Under Pressure", a fierce, compelling expression of angst and accomplishment. I listen to this one when I need that creative kick in the pants!The remaining songs are excellent as well. There's not a single turkey on this work, a rarity in my experience.This is one of my wife's favorite albums, and is a true inspiration to both of us, but Tom downplays it now, self-mockingly calling it from his "rocker era". Nowadays he's in a more folksy mode, which is fine by us but if you want to hear rock and roll done with grit, emotion and soul I highly recommend this album. You will NOT be disappointed. I also suggest checking out his other works as well, and catch his live performances if you want a real treat."