Album Review

Brent Cobb: Authenticity and Persona

Brent Cobb - Providence Canyon

Guess I'll have to try him again...I bought the first one based on a good review  and listened a couple of times but it didn't really grab me...I'll give "Shine on" another spin and see, sometimes you just don't hear "it" right away...reviews on this guy are generally excellent and a friend saw him live a couple of weeks ago and said he was great...

I guess my problem is these days I'm comparing everything I hear to Michael McDermott's records...haven't heard anything even close to as good as "Willow Springs" and "Out From Under", and the two Westies records...so that's a problem I need to fix for myself...

I certainly understand this, Jim. There are those albums that seem to raise the bar or create a kind of listening criteria going forward. I guess that process starts when we're very young, but I def. have my go-to albums that were released over the last 2-3 years. I guess the thing for me is, as I think you're suggesting, to practice being open to other projects, trying to hear them on their own terms, so to speak. I have a friend who says, about listening, "whatever trip they're offering, that's the one I'm taking." Of course that's easier said than done.

I acutally listened to Brent last night again...the first one...not sure what happened the first time but I guess I wasn't paying close attention, as I thought it was way better than my initial assessment..."Black Crow" is a helluva song...title track too...