WASHBURN, JOHN: Stumbling Still Warm: CD

Sub-Tom Petty singer-songwriter stuff. Nothing too special – for this kind of music you’ve got to have a real knack for words and I just don’t hear that here. Poor choices and cliches abound, such as the endlessly repeated chorus of “Fool for You”: “She’s a Fool for You/ And you don’t love her like I do.” Hear that sung ten times or so and you’re done with it forever. (Also, why capitalize the song titles where they appear in the lyrics?) Far too ephemeral, no real substance audible on this album, only the semblance of thought and lots of following in the footsteps of others who have done this exact same thing many, many times and far, far better.

 –Aaron J. Poehler (Wayward)