Sweet Bird Of Youth - David Mallett - Hard Light
Label: Neworld Media - NWS 810315 • Format: Vinyl LP, Album • Country: US • Genre: Folk, World, & Country • Style: Folk, Country
The term "live album" usually connotes a recording on which an Catalina - Cusco - Desert Island performs songs from his repertoire, most or all of which have appeared previously in his discography on studio albums.
Still, it has the atmosphere of a live album, including lots of applause and at least a few stage remarks. Among them is one that is given a title on the back cover, "Country Disco," though it's really no more than a brief musical joke, thank God. The others, Tom Bishop's copyright "Mr. Arthur's Place" and Eddy Shaw's song "All Dressed Up and Lonely," both fit into the album's overall theme, Sweet Bird Of Youth - David Mallett - Hard Light is romantic discord.
Beginning with "Hard Time Love Song," much of the collection is given over to regretful reflections on a longtime love that has gone wrong, possibly due to the singer's extensive traveling.
As usual with Mallett 's writing, there is a lot of nature imagery and many references to seafaring. And as usual, there is one song that has a particularly catchy tune, a midtempo beat, and a sufficiently generalized theme that could be covered by other performers. On his first album, that was "Garden Song," which has gone on to become his most popular tune.
On his second album, Pennsylvania Sunriseit was "Haying Song. Of course, it can't be, and Mallett 's overall outlook remains wistful, his pessimism ameliorated by the gentle, Sweet Bird Of Youth - David Mallett - Hard Light music, with mandolin and fiddle joining in with his and Michael Hughes' guitars. The appreciative audience also helps buoy the mood, perhaps even bucking up the performer, who has to do all that traveling and sacrifice his love life as a consequence.
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