Call for Essays About Any Aspect of Popular Culture, Present or Past

Music
cover art

R.G. Stark

Not Crazy Tonight

(Whole Note; US: 15 Jan 2008; UK: Available as import)

The main songwriter for Blue Diamond Shine ventures out on his own with this album reeking of South Texas barroom floors. Although his voice isn’t the strongest around, Stark does have a passion on songs like “Mineral Wells” which sounds like a cross between B.J. Thomas and Roy Orbison fronting The Mavericks. The same can be said of the slightly haunting Tex-Mex flavored “Coyote” that is driven primarily by Stark’s vocals. But even this pales to the stronger and far more pleasing “Secret Girl” that sounds like it was made for the ‘60s. A few songs don’t quite make the grade, especially the sagging and flaccid “The Brutal Truth (In September)” but the artist makes up for this screw-up with “Too Proud” and “Narcocorrido Neuvo Laredo”, a rather stirring and shifty number worthy of inclusion on a spaghetti Western soundtrack. Another nugget here is the tender, folksy “She Comes and Goes” that is helped thanks to a subtle accordion and percussion. The lone poppy ditty is “Monterrey” which is a hit and miss affair that has Stark pushing the envelope a bit too far.

Rating:

Originally from Cape Breton, MacNeil is currently writing for the Toronto Sun as well as other publications, including All Music Guide, Billboard.com, NME.com, Country Standard Time, Skope Magazine, Chart Magazine, Glide, Ft. Myers Magazine and Celtic Heritage. A graduate of the University of King's College, MacNeil currently resides in Toronto. He has interviewed hundreds of acts ranging from Metallica and AC/DC to Daniel Lanois and Smokey Robinson. MacNeil (modestly referred to as King J to friends), a diehard Philadelphia Flyers fan, has seen the Rolling Stones in a club setting, thereby knowing he will rest in peace at some point down the road. Oh, and he writes for PopMatters.com.


Tagged as: r.g. stark
Comments
Now on PopMatters
PM Picks
Announcements
PopMatters' LUCY Giveaway! in PopMatters's Hangs on LockerDome

© 1999-2014 PopMatters.com. All rights reserved.
PopMatters.com™ and PopMatters™ are trademarks
of PopMatters Media, Inc.

PopMatters is wholly independently owned and operated.