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Genres: Country, Folk, Pop
Musing over the proliferation of Texas singer/songwriters of baby-boom age, Austin songsmith Kimmie Rhodes once credited the frequent use of DDT in the Dallas-Austin-Lubbock triangle. Whatever it was, Vince Bell got a heav... more »
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Musing over the proliferation of Texas singer/songwriters of baby-boom age, Austin songsmith Kimmie Rhodes once credited the frequent use of DDT in the Dallas-Austin-Lubbock triangle. Whatever it was, Vince Bell got a heavy dose. Twelve years after nearly dying in a 1982 car crash, Bell released Phoenix, an album that contained a mix of quizzical, John Prine-esque story songs and lambent ballads like "Woman of the Phoenix," which Nanci Griffith interpreted on Other Voices, Other Rooms. Although Bell is little known outside of Texas, 1999's Texas Plates suggests his talents have outpaced his fame. Bell doesn't have the voice of a Joe Ely or a Jimmie Dale Gilmore, but his songs are just as expressive and thoughtful, at times even more melodically catchy. He can paste together austere, meditative snapshots from Texas highways or capture the endearing romantic desperation of a dead-end dance floor. Producer Robin Eaton and engineer Elijah Shaw gently build around (and not over) a spare foundation of voice and acoustic guitar, layering touches of strings, vibes, slide guitars, and chunky percussive tracks. The result is a spacious, highly rhythmic sound, complementing the humor and imagination of Bell's memorable songwriting. --Roy Kasten
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This is a masterpiece.
Tom White | Austin, Texas USA | 04/26/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Well I guess somebody has to go first on Amazon about Vince Bell's TEXAS PLATES...it's a masterpiece. When we hear the story of what it took to make this wondrous record, we are moved first to sadness, and then to joy. Investigations into the world of Vince Bell yield amazing discoveries. Bravo!"
From No Depression and Acoustic Guitar Magazines
vincebell.com | 05/15/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"NO DEPRESSION: "If Bell's story had stopped with the release of Phoenix five years ago, it would still rank as one of the greatest comeback triumphs of all time. As it is, however, that was just the first flower of his late-blooming career...Texas Plates continues where Phoenix left off, tastefully presenting Bell's songs in acoustic arrangements that bring out the subtle magic of his carefully crafted lyrics...His accomplishments as a guitarist and as an author not withstanding, Bell's truest talent remains as a lyricist."
ACOUSTIC GUITAR: "Vince Bell is not your typical Texas singer-songwriter. His music is more art song than folk song, more Jacques Brel than Woody Guthrie...He's easier to compare to David Crosby or Joni Mitchell than to Willie or Waylon.""