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Simon Spire

No Solid Ground

(Self-released; US: 12 Dec 2011; UK: Import)

New Zealand-born singer-songwriter Simon Spire offers up a taste of his upcoming full-length Four-Letter Words. How is it? Not bad. Hook-driven pop for fans of John Mayer and the like, born to be played on FM and satellite radio, that sort of thing. At times reminiscent of ‘90s pop giants Toad The Wet Sprocket, Spire proves himself as an exciting emerging songwriter with “Knocking On An Open Door”, a decent balladeer (“No Solid Ground”), and a capable vocalist throughout. If it’s true what Spire says about himself in the closing “The Blue Pill” (that he’s too honest), we can hope for a long line of songs that are heartfelt and wise.


Jedd Beaudoin is an award-winning writer and broadcaster. He holds an MFA in creative writing (fiction) from Wichita State University and hosts Strange Currency six nights week for Wichita Public Radio. His writing has appeared in No Depression and The Crab Orchard Review as well as at websites such as and

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Simon Spire is barely a few years into a career that, based on the strength of Four-Letter Words, looks to be very promising.
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Though he may be a New Zealander by birth and the DNA is there in his uber-pop sensibility, like so many other creative types, Spire now calls Brooklyn home.
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