Monday, February 21, 2011

Review -- DAVID MYLES -- Turn Time Off

David Myles

There is a style of music which comes across a little bit like cotton candy at the fair. It’s sort of fluffy, generally sweet, and you generally only want a taste once in a while. The style usually comes through when a performer marries pop and jazz.
And that is just what David Myles does on his latest release Turn Time Off. The disk is not Myles first as it follows Things Have Changed (2006) and On The Line (2008).
As one conversation noted as I was working on this review, Myles works are going to at least draw some broad comparisons to current sensation Michael Buble. Myles isn’t quite in that same category in terms of power and charisma in his music, but the styles are at least residents of the same neighbourhood.
The music here deals with old, tried and true themes for the jazz/pop genre, those of love and relationships, both successful and failed. That’s where songs such as Out of Love and Run Away find their roots.
In some cases the songs have an infectious nature. Gone For Long has some nice guitar work, and arguably the best lyrics here, raising it above the norm among the 11-cuts.
That said, there is a general ‘sameness’ to the work here. The material all stays on theme, almost too much so, leaving it difficult to remember one song above another.
So Far Away does stray off the general course of the CD with a more bluesy sound, but the song isn’t particularly strong.
Overall this is an OK disk, if you like poppy jazz, but like the aforementioned cotton candy it is not something you are likely to want everyday.
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-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper July 21, 2010 - Yorkton, SK. Canada

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