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Vocals 7
Musicianship 7.25
Lyrics 8
Production 8
Creativity 6.75
Lasting Value 7
Reviewer Tilt 8
Final Verdict: 74%
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Vocals 7.25
Musicianship 7.75
Lyrics 6.5
Production 8.25
Creativity 8
Lasting Value 10
Reviewer Tilt 10
Average: 83%

Timmy Curran - Word of Mouth

Reviewed by: Susan Frances (08/05/08)
Timmy Curran - Word of Mouth
Record Label: Adeline Records
Release Date: September 9, 2007

Timmy Curran, a pro-surfer turned pro-singer/songwriter, made a name for himself opening shows for Switchfoot, Eisley, and the Foo Fighters in his native California. He has recently released his sophomore full-length album, Word of Mouth, an acoustic-pop/ambient-folk record that will make audiences draw comparisons to Matt Costa and Astrid Williamson. The tracks make for a good listening album. It never dips too far on the hoarsely textured folk side and never sounds overly produced. The album hits the mark on being totally middle of the road and prime material for coffeehouse performers. Produced and engineered by Ian Nickus, Word of Mouth is the music of today. It shows reflections of contemporary folk-pop artists with lyrics that speak about modern day lifestyles and conditions. Curran is inspired by what is going on today and holds onto an optimistic outlook for tomorrow.

Some of the themes in Curran’s lyrical content, he tells in a press release, are about “the ups and downs of life, and the roller coaster we’re all on, the good times and the bad. I also feel like a lot of it is fighting for survival in this world, and the fight for what you believe.” He reflects, “I just feel like it’s crazy times in this world and we’re asleep at the wheel.” His song, “Comatose“ brings meaning to his perceptions, “Something has gone wrong / Blame me first as long as we open up our eyes / Why do we justify / These foolish who are burning all what‘s good and right / If we don‘t wake up soon, this burden will be long / If we don‘t wake up soon, all we ever knew will be gone / This comfort is deceiving.“

Melodically speaking, the songs are braided with fluid harmonies and ethereal tones like in “Slow.” Curran’s vocals are part folksy with a resonance relatable to Paul Simon, and part monk-like showing a meditative glint twined into his sagacious lyrics. Tunes like “Horses on the Range” and “Lonely” have a child-like sing along sway, and others have a country flicker to them like “Blue Eyes” and “Moving On.“ Curran’s music offers an alternative view from traditional folk tunes that produce medicinal effects. Sometimes the mood is melancholy like in “Save,” and other times, the mood is positive like in “Daylights Coming,” but Curran’s vocals always sound like he holds room for hope.

Timmy Curran offers an alternative view from traditional folk music. His sonic cocktails have a breezy flow as his vocals bellow with a mild quiver. By the sound of Word of Mouth, Curran may have caught the boat in time to see his style of folk music take off. This isn’t the folk music variety of the ‘90 Lilith Fair, but more up to date like Seattle’s Bumbershoot Festival. From Curran’s perceptive lyrics to his smooth sailing notes, the songs breathe of today‘s histrionics.

Recommended if you like: Matt Costa, Astrid Williamson, The Phoenix Foundation

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07:34 PM on 08/05/08
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I really like this album.
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