Darrell Scott The Invisible Man
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by Darrell Scott ~ Theatre of the Unheard ~ $11.68
- Released: June 27, 2006
- Label: Full Light Records
Dirty Linen - p.83"This is arguably Scott's most fully realized album, in which he gathers all the pieces he has scattered about and cohesively puts them together with a significant group of fellow musicians."
- 1.Hank Williams' Ghost
- 2.There's a Stone Around My Belly
- 3.Shattered Cross
- 4.I'm Nobody
- 5.And the River Is Me
- 6.Let's Call It a Life
- 7.The Dreamer
- 8.Do It or Die Trying
- 9.The Invisible Man
- 10.Goodle, U.S.A.
- 11.Looking Glass
- 12.In My Final Hour
Personnel: Darrell Scott (guitars, slide guitar, lap steel guitar, mandolin, keyboards, electric bass); Minton Sparks (vocals, spoken vocals); Suzy Ragsdale (vocals); Richard Bennett (guitar); Danny Thompson (upright bass); Kenny Malone (drums, percussion).
Recording information: 19th Ave. Sound; Famous Music; The Living Room, Nashville, TN; The Music Emporium; The Pleasure Palace.
Mortality hangs heavy in Darrell Scott's mind on The Invisible Man, an album that repeats again and again, "live today 'cause tomorrow never knows." For fans, this serious streak will be familiar from songs like "With a Memory Like Mine" from 2000's Real Time with Tim O'Brien. But even the titles here -- "Let's Call It a Life," "Do It or Die Trying," and "In My Final Hour" -- stress a deepening of Scott's mediation. He surrounds these thoughts with heavy acoustic-electric arrangements that still take time out for gentle acoustic songs like the piano-based "Looking Glass." Acoustic guitar and Dobro kick off "Hank Williams' Ghost," hammering a riff that closely resembles "Sweet Home Alabama." After 30 seconds, an electric guitar, thumping bass, and steady backbeat join behind Scott's soulful, gritty country vocals. The midtempo pacing makes it a good lead song, though the melody line -- and this is true on the remainder of the album -- isn't immediately memorable. Lyrically, when not considering mortality, Scott worries over world peace, the have-nots, and other heavy issues, creating top-heavy songs like "I'm Nobody" that feel more like sermons. While Scott remains a thoughtful writer, soulful singer, and a fine musician on The Invisible Man, his work here lacks the richness of earlier, less self-conscious efforts like 1999's Family Tree. ~ Ronnie D. Lankford, Jr.
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