CD REVIEW: Tim Easton
Break Your Mother's Heart
New West Records
Rundown: Easton's music is grounded in a fine tradition of American (and
Canadian) troubadour songwriters who know how to blend blues and rock
influences into their own compositions. Break Your Mother's Heart
is Easton's third and best record so far.
Key Tracks: All 10 songs will capture the listeners'
ears if not the first time, then definitely the second. Easton
opens with "Poor, Poor L.A.," which was loosely inspired by
Elridge Cleaver's autobiography Soul on Ice, and acts as a rollicking
pacesetter for an impressive 10-song set. The record features two covers,
which were both penned by virtually unknown songwriter J.P. Olsen, who
judging by the quality of "John Gilmartin" and the closing
track "True Ways" deserves recognition.
Sounds Like: Tim Easton's voice is slightly weathered:
soft, but not quiet, and filled with emotion without being overwrought.
Backed by his own able guitar-playing and a studio band, which includes
veteran drummer Jim Keltner and an appearance by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers'
guitarist Mike Campbell, Easton has captured his songs in an ideal setting.
The production mixes acoustic and electric guitar, organ, bass and drums,
with occasional splashes of mandolin and piano, giving the record a fresh
and live sound.