On the Line
There's something new in David Myles' voice. On the eagerly awaited follow-up to Things Have Changed, his tones are as breathy and pleasant as always, but there's some growl in there now. Perhaps recent visits to the American south have shaken the blues loose in him?
A little too expertly backed up by scene vets like Kim Dunn (piano), Tom Easley (upright bass) and Geoff Arsenault on drums and produced by Myles and Charles Austin, On the Line is a solid second LP that capitalizes on Myles local momentum quite nicely. The guitar-drum duet at the very beginning of opener "I Don't Want To Know" makes a declarative statement of sorts, underscored by Myles first reference to the albums title: Theres too much on the line, theres too much at stake. It comes up again on the smoky hinge track, Cape Breton, an ode to Myles love that recalls the first time they kissed: With our minds on our hearts/and our hearts on the line. A couple forays into gospel (Holy Man, live fave New Friend) show a range beyond relationship songs, and If Today Was A Year, a duet with Meaghan Smith---where's that eagerly awaited follow-up?---could be a lullaby or the soundtrack to a thoughtful romcom montage. This kind of crossover appeal is what makes Myles a contender; On The Line swings for the win.
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