If you are a regular reader of these reviews, you have probably recognized I love to promote Canadian talent and in particular musicians from Saskatchewan, so it was rather difficult dropping such a low rating on this CD from Gabe Penna who hails from our province.
However, this is simply not my 'Cup of Tea', to play off the CD's title.
On the positive side Penna allows his voice to be the focus of his songs, the acoustic instrumentation taking a background position. At the same time though, his voice is not particularly memorable.
Lyrically, this CD doesn't quite catch my attention either. Too often they come off as simply superficial.
Overall, the best cut is Under the Sky, but to my ear there aren't a lot of songs that are memorable among the 10-cuts.
I do suspect there are those who would like the popish-folk stylings, and the lyrics which have a positive message, but it simply misses for me.
This is one that won't get played once this review is done.
You can check him out at www.gabepenna.com
-- CALVIN DANIELS
-- Reviews first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper Aug. 15, 2007 - Yorkton, SK. Canada