Post by classic rock revival on Jun 5, 2011 5:12:54 GMT -6
JD Souther's last release, "If The World Was You" was a bold re-emergence of a major songwriting talent after a nearly 25 year hiatus. Classified as a "California Sound" singer-songwriter (and unfairly so, by the way), Souther surprised many with a jazz-flavored release that only hinted at his former musical life. Having seen him during the concert tour for that record, I was led to think that this would be a continued direction for Souther. So, what does he go and do? He comes out with a CD of old familiar tunes, many of which he willingly performed on the aforementioned tour. I was initially disappointed at the lack of new material, given he was so adamant about exploring his love of jazz. But after hearing him sing, and rework his songs to suit a more mature singing voice (which is still in stellar shape), and the acquired wisdom befitting his age, this was a project he had to do. The only tune with which I was unfamiliar, "Little Victories" was a nice surprise. Even the recently recorded "I'll Be Here At Closing Time", which was perhaps the most stylistically retro tune on his last album, gets a refresh. This is the way Souther's classic songs are meant to be heard. It will please old fans and newer ones alike.