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Amos Lee - Amos Lee

  by Anthony Strutt

published: 25 / 3 / 2005

Amos Lee - Amos Lee
Label: Blue Note
Format: CD


Mellow and cool coffee table light rock on debut album from new singer songwriter Amos Lee, who has opened for both Norah Jones and Bob Dylan

Amos Lee is a new singer songwriter from the United States who has opened for both Norah Jones, who also plays on this, and for Bob Dylan. This is a fine record, very much in the coffee table league. It opens with 'Keep It Loose, Keep It Clean' which is elegant and sparse in a Nick Drake style but with vocals that recall both Mark Mulcahy and Jeff Buckley. It is laid back, but without too much going on to crowd the song. 'Seen It All Before' is mellow, cool and jazzy. 'Arms of a Woman' is minimalistic but effective, like a soulful Mulcahy, while 'Give It Up' is a groove based folk piece. Like much of the rest of the of this album it is music to chill out to. 'Soul Suckers' has a strong vocal. It speaks loud and clear, and is pure songwriting at its best. 'Colors' is soulful late night folk, while 'Bottom of the Barrel' is in contrast a perky little piece. 'Black River' is slow-paced and has a gravel like vocal, while the upbeat 'Love in the Lies' features soft brushes of percussion and a groove played on a Hammond organ. 'All My Friends' which ends the album, is very mellow and brings the album to a soft close.

Track Listing:-
1 Keep It Loose, Keep It Tight
2 Seen It All Before
3 Arms Of A Woman
4 Give It Up
5 Dreamin'
6 Soul Suckers
7 Colors
8 Bottom Of The Barrel
9 Black River
10 Lies Of A Lonely Friend
11 All My Friends

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