Sunday, March 28, 2010

Review -- JIMMY WAYNE -- Sara Smile

SARA SMILE
Jimmy Wayne
Open Road Recordings/Valory Music
9.5-out-of-10
Do you like sad country songs, the kind that can draw a tear if you are already blue? Then you are gonna love Jimmy Wayne. He can perform a sad song like few others that have spun through my player in recent years.
From the opening Things I Believe, this guy captures the listener emotionally, and you are hooked for the next nine songs too.
All the Time In the World is a beautiful follow-up to the heartfelt opener, and then he throws the title cut at you (a former Hall and Oates song), and you are simply wrapped in thoughts of love gained, lost, found and lost. You have to give huge credit to a musician who can get the listener to invest their own emotions in the music, and yet that is just what Wayne does.
If you aren’t ready to ‘feel’ then don’t spin this disk. Wayne’s vocals, the lyrics, the total package is one that is based on emotion, both from the performer, and the listener.
As good as the opening three cuts are Just Knowing You Love Me and Just Look At You, and in particular Counting the Days are all likely better.
A follow-up disk to Wayne’s Do You Believe Me Now, this is a classic not to be missed. There isn’t much else to say. This one is simply outstanding from start to finish. Buy it now, play it forever.
Check it out at http://www.thevalorymusicco.com/jimmywayne/
CALVIN DANIELS

-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper Mar 10, 2010 - Yorkton, SK. Canada

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