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Mark Weigle's 2nd release, 'All That Matters' finds him growing in a more contemporary, pop direction, while still keeping his roots firmly planted in the folk/country of his first disc, 'The Truth Is'.
Lyrically, Weigle continues to tell engaging stories that explore gay life experience, from the sexy, morning-after romp, "A Good Day", (Billboard Magazine's 'Unsigned Record of the Year')to the title track, told from the perspective of an elderly gay man who's just lost his lover of many years, who finally finds the courage to tell the truth in order to honor their relationship.
"John" is a poignant look at a married man's first experience with another man, set in an adult bookstore booth. While the story is told in a straighforward manner, it is not mined for laughs, nor shock value, but instead expresses the emotional upheaval of a man finding his true self at last, and facing the consequences.
Reviews and Quotes: Billboard Magazine Critics Choice, Larry Flick, Talent Editor: Top 10 of 2000. "Folk music with a gooey, irresistable pop center". "Although Weigle doesn't supress his inclination to express and explore the life experiences of an out gay man,...'All That Matters' helps the queer movement by proving that we're not stuck on one isolating theme."
Margaret Coble, Southern Voice (syndicated) "Weigle's biggest gift, beyond his smooth baritone voice and impeccable production skills, is his ability to broach out-gay topics honestly without being militant. Overall, 'All That Matters' is a superb follow-up album that shows Weigle growing and evolving, without losing what has made his work so special."
Bob Steele, Baltimore Gay Paper (syndicated) "At the core of Weigle's art is deeply felt emotion expressed in direct and simple language. By being as true as he can to the joy and pain of our experience, Weigle helps heal our souls as he succeeds in making art that resonates for the mainstream."
Outvoice.com CD of the Year, This Way Out Best of 2000.
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