Just a little Greene....
applewood | everywhere and nowhere | 01/01/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I loved Jackie Greene before hearing this compilation of his earlier songs, but it has left me feeling he is a flawed and mortal, but also steadily maturing, artist. Some of these songs are brilliant, but more often I'm left feeling he is too predictable, commercial, or immature with his adolescent wordcraft and obvious hooks, but then along comes his sweet harmonica and acoustic guitar and that rich folky voice and I can bear it till the next tune.
Greene is a talented writer and powerful performer, young and confident and destined for greatness. I think his latest CD (American Myth), and his earlier live (short) DVD and Sweet Somewhere Bound CD are 4 star efforts. This 2001 to 2005 retrospective shows him maturing and coming into his own. Many times he sounds like those who've influenced him (Dylanesque vocals and songsmithing, Big Head Toddish electric guitar, Neil Young harmonica, BTO pop-tunes, The Bandlike organ), but then he himself shines through or pulls it all together and makes it his own. He is a talent worth watching and following, it's just his older material is less consistently interesting."