That’s the path nearly every song takes on Tom LoMacchio’s acoustic guitar-based full-length album, Five Years Later. There’s a nice little feeling of relaxation at the beginning of each of the songs, while nearly every single one seems to get almost stale by the end. It is my belief that if the melodies put forth can’t stand the test of time through the span of the song, there would seem to be a good chance that they wouldn’t hold up any better upon subsequent listenings. For that reason alone, I would not recommend this album.
The voice of Tom LoMacchio is difficult to describe. He has an almost Billy Bragg-ish Brit accent, without the low end range. He seems uncomfortable at times, possibly to focus attention toward his more skilled guitar, or possibly because he just can’t get it done vocally. Whatever the reason, it really holds back the entire album.
There are some positive things going on, however. The guitars are solid, and the track, “To See Behind” is highly emotional, and actually contains some fairly decent singing. The guitars on this track get louder and louder as the song progresses, and it keeps the tune from floundering like the majority of its companions on this album. For the most part, the album contains just guitars and vocals on each track, but on this track and a few others there are the sounds of synth-strings and piano parts. The string arrangements are simple but fitting, and in this case, they don’t take the focus away from the strummingly powerful guitar.
In its entirety, this album keeps a decent pace from song to song, and doesn’t jar any normalcies of the acoustic/folk/singer/songwriter style. For this, I wouldn’t do any fan of that style any disservice by lightening up a little on my stance, and giving a mild recommendation. But if you’re not into this particular vein of music, you’d probably get real bored, real fast.
// Notes from the Road
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