Jeff Larson | Two Part Confessional (pt 1)

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Two Part Confessional (pt 1)

by Jeff Larson

Singer Songwriter, pop, folk, rock
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Looking at December
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2:27 album only
2. Maybe Cascade Idaho
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3:23 album only
3. A Better Day
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3:34 album only
4. The Way Outside
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3:15 album only
5. Play Through
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3:13 album only
6. Only Green
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4:44 album only


Album Notes
This is the first in a two part project. Although the music is not a radical departure from previous releases, it is a subtle adjustment in focus. The songs are more internal, observational... confessional.

Music in the singer/songwriter tradition with friends Hank Linderman, Gerry Beckley (a better day), and Jeff Foskett. The music also gets a visual make-over through graphic designer Jason Munn (Wilco, Death Cab for Cutie, others).

Comes with a Smile #20:
Despite a personal creed that I should never trust anyone who sings that they are "looking at december like a friend of mine" I find myself oddly attracted to this record. It's almost a happy song, despite the month in question, skittering along in its hummable, acoustic groove. Maybe Cascade Idaho soon shook me from that , the guitar ripping in like Peter Buck decided to Begin the Begin all over again. So far so good and A Better Day keeps the mood going, despite a pounding beat that sounds like that Dove's song that sounded like something else anyway. There's a mellower tone for The Way Outside and it allows Larson's voice to come through strongly. Play Through has an inkling of open-top driving about it, but just fails, thankfully, to follow up on that promise and decides to take a Dinosaur Jr. ending rather than drift along longer. That leaves the closer Only Green to wander around in a dreamy dance of its own, strobed by the lazy passing of headlights as the end of the road nears. One the basis of part one of the confession, the priest might find himself very crowded in the little box by the time of part two. -- Laurence Arnold


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Nancy Holtz

Short But Sweet ~ Captivating & Refreshing to say the Least!
Hi ~ I have had this cd from it's release, and I have Hit the Replay on these songs many times. Jeff's way with his Music & Lyrics never ceases to amaze me, I love the freshness and free flowing rythmn magic found in them. Looking at December~is a pick me up song, it carries me nicely, the lyrics and the music nicely spell out the title. Cascade Idaho~has a nice raw edge, a good beat too, and Jeff's way of singing it gives you a feel for it all. Jeff definitely has a way of painting a visual with his lyrics. Better Day ~ Is a real toe tapping song, Gerry Beckley of AMERICA wrote and performs this song with Jeff. I like everything about it, music, lyrics, the vocal harmonies, the message this song leaves me with is nice too. The Way Outside ~ I love this song, Jeff works his magic on this song for sure, I love the lyrics, I love the way the music gives me the feel for the Inspiration found in these lyrics. The visual I am left with from this song is very comforting. Play Through ~ Another up beat song, I can get lost in this great song, Jeff's way with his songs can do that to me nicely. Great acoustics in this song! Only Green ~ This song shows Jeff's softer side, I love the rich by gentle acoustics, I love how the Lyrics can capture me inside nicely. Then there is a nice all music ending piece and it has a way of winding down this magic nicely. Like I said this EP is short but sweet, I am sure it will leave you wanting to hear more, just the way it does me. I look forward to the release of Jeff's next CD Swimming in the Make Believe coming real soon. If you are familiar with Jeff's music, you will love having this one in your collection, if you have never heard any of Jeff's music, then how about giving this a try. I am sure you will enjoy it! Thanks ~ See ya, Nancy Holtz :)

Sheryl Jones

My Confessional - I\'m a New Fan!
I found Jeff\'s amazing vocal from a Gerry Beckley mention. I have to believe these two gentlemen have an admiration for each other since they are both amazing at what they do. I\'ll be purchasing many more CDs, but this looked like a well liked option for me--being a novice. There isn\'t a tune on this one that I don\'t love...

Jeff--which of your CDs would you recommend to a new fan? I suppose picking your favorite would be like asking which child is a parent\'s favorite...
Best to you... and thank you for sharing your best with us!!