Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Review -- TIM HARWILL -- All I Really Need

ALL I REALLY NEED
Tim Harwill
Independent
7-out-of-10
So, do you like older style country, the kind set to root by the likes of Marty Robbins? If the answer is yes, then you are going to appreciate the efforts of Tim Harwill.
Harwill is an Alberta performer, and you get a feeling he may have cut his musical teeth on the likes of Ian Tyson. He sure shares a similar take on country music and lyrics.
Now while stylistically Harwill fits with the likes of Tyson and Robbins, vocally he doesn't quite stand out as predominantly. He has something of a conversational style to his vocals, easy going, and accessible, although as a result maybe not as memorable as one might like. What I mean here is simply that I generally like the CD well-enough, but it won't be one that I grab to spin that often. The material just doesn't quite stick with you, although if you give it a chance it does grow on you as you begin to appreciate the simple delivery, the 12-string guitar work and the heart of the material.
That said, lyrically this is true country, and you will enjoy listening to the words of pieces such as All Too Well.
This is a guy that would no doubt be amazing in a intimate acoustic bar setting, or better yet around a roaring campfire (now there's an idea for a weekend concert).
Songs such as What You're Going Through, Don't Lose My Hair and Seasons are the best here.
This is one where real country fans will be in heaven, although don't expect to find many radio stations giving this a spin 'cause thankfully it ain't today's Nashville sound. It's encouraging to see a performer staying true to the music and not selling out for the radio.
Check Harwill out at www.tfpmusic.com
-- CALVIN DANIELS

-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper April 9, 2008 - Yorkton, SK. Canada

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