Occasionally it takes some time before you are willing to peel back the onion and see what’s under the skin, versus just going in for a big, juicy bite. Thankfully some artists are not afraid to go for broke. And that’s exactly what we have with this record by Dave Smalley—songs that discerning music fans have played over and over again to continued enjoyment. This time stripped back to an acoustic setting. The fire and skill in the songwriting shines through here. Dag Nasty and Down By Law favorites are featured. Guest players include Brian Baker and Sam Williams III. The other half of the record features new Smalley efforts and a traditional Irish ballad. My favorite of the new songs is “Beau Geste.” This is an incredible record and the talent is evident from start to finish. A must-have!
–koepenick (Self-released, [email protected])