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We All Need Heroes
Lake, Tim
We All Need Heroes
Genres: Country, Folk, Pop
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All Artists: Lake, Tim
Title: We All Need Heroes
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Padraig Records
Release Date: 3/3/2009
Genres: Country, Folk, Pop
Styles: Bluegrass, Traditional Folk
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 761463544523

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...and 1/2...A unique and eclectic approach to original musi
J. Ross | Roseburg, OR USA | 11/22/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Playing Time - 68:48 -- It's been about 20 years since Tim Lake first caught our attention with his "Same Old Roadside Inn" release on the Rounder label. He established his own Padraig record label in 1993. "We All Need Heroes," the latest album from Tim Lake, is the eleventh from the singer and songwriter who is originally from New York City but now living in Lexington, Ky. His musical approach fuses bluegrass, gospel, country, rock, pop, and light jazz behind his singing voice on all-original material. With sultry, bluesy and soulful vocalizing, Lake is also somewhat of a political spokesman with songs like "If Only I was a Praying Man," "Praise the Lord and Shoot to Kill," "Two GIs in a Foreign Prison" and the title cut. He also presents some tender love sentiments, gospel, and other messages that are creative and unique ("Ain't Nobody Normal Anymore"). A typical arrangement has Lake's banjo and vocals layered with piano, pedal steel, percussion and other instruments.

Calling his music "jazz with bluegrass and blues," Lake earned a doctorate in music in 1991 from the University of Kentucky. His dissertation (and one of his albums) is titled "An American Concerto for the 5-string Banjo and Orchestra." That piece was documented from a 1993 performance with the Atlanta-Emory Symphony Orchestra. It also won the Kentucky Al Smith Fellowship for Music Composition in 1995. On "We All Need Heroes," Lake addresses the spiritual issues that we all confront daily during turbulent times. Four of his songs were inspired by the 9/11 tragedy. He also successfully explores the role of the banjo in American popular music, with the 4-string plectrum banjo played in "It's You," while the 5-string is more frequently used. Lake also plays guitar and ukelele, while the rest of his Little Big Band plays woodwinds, sax, percussion, trumpet, keys, tuba, steel guitar, fiddle, mandolin, and guitars. Besides Lake's own background vocals, others are provided by Danielle Thompson and Nathan Wilson.

Some of Lake's 17 originals work better than others, and "They Will Always Love You" is a personal favorite due to its contemporary bluegrass feeling. Some of his other songs grow on you with continued listens. With nearly 70 minutes of music on this album, you're bound to find some melodies and lyrics to personally relate to. His family has also been both supportive and inspirational. "When I Think of You" was written for his wife, Miyuki, on Valentine's Day 1997. "That's Why I'm Smiling" is a jazzy ballad written for his son, Sheehan. Dave Anderson's saxophone and John Heinrich's steel guitar give the song an enchanting atmospheric effect. "Sail for the Lord," with its funky riff, presents optimism for tomorrow if one has faith in the Lord. Lake's music is a type of Americana in that it has attributes that are drawn from many American styles. If his own song, "Outside Looking In," has any autobiographical truth to it, then we are pleased to know that Tim Lake is doing just fine despite detractors, taxes, and others who may not understand his own unique approach to musical expression. (Joe Ross, staff writer, Bluegrass Now)