Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Review -- SHANE YELLOWBIRD -- It's About Time

IT’S ABOUT TIME
Shane Yellowbird
EMI/Onramp Records
8-out-of-10

Yorkton music fans will recognize the name Shane Yellowbird from his past performances at the Painted Hand Casino.
Well now you can bring his music home with the release of It’s About Time. The disk is Yellowbird’s sophomore effort, following the 2006 release of Life Is Calling My Name.
The new disk starts out with one of those Nashville junky pieces that you know is made for radio air play. Bare Feet on the Blacktop has zero depth, and is derivative of the worst of the current state of the industry. It was an opening cut which had me shuddering as to what might follow.
Then Yellowbird comes back with Watching You Walk Away, and it was like WOW!. I was left wondering if it was the same guy. As bad as the opening cut was Watching You Walk Away is a phenomenal song. I love it.
I Get That A Lot These Days is the third song, and I was curious which way it would go, Thankfully, it is another solid effort. In some respects the song and the performance reminds me of the Johner Brothers in their heyday.
The rest of the way Yellowbird, who is Cree and grew up at Hobbema, AB., keeps the disk for the most part on the positive side of things.
Even My Kind of Crowd, a song which is completely radio friendly, is still pretty good, being more of a throwback to something Hank Williams Jr. might do.
Between You and Me is maybe the best song here. Very nice. Although Next Time I Leave is also a great cut.
If you could cut off the first song, there would not be a soft spot here. Still a very good CD for country fans to check out.
You can learn more at www.shaneyellowbird.com
— CALVIN DANIELS

-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper Jan 6, 2010 - Yorkton, SK. Canada

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