CD Galore [Jeffrey Gaines] (CD 143571),
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Galore [Jeffrey Gaines]

  • 1. First Chapter's Last Page
    2. Right My Wrongs
    3. Simple Prayer, A
    4. Step by Step
    5. Belle de Jour
    6. Everything
    7. Praise or Blame
    8. Toast and Tea
    9. Goodbye
    10. To Love Her Inside
    11. Anything New
    12. Alone
    13. Leave Her to Me
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 10400

  • Credits
    ProducerJeffrey Gaines; Trina Shoemaker

    Personnel: Jeffrey Gaines (vocals, acoustic, electric, slide & 12-string guitars, piano, Melotron, bass, drums, tambourine); Reeves Gabrels (electric & slide guitars, strings, sitar, loops); John Holbrook (electric guitar, Moog); Doug Wynne (12-string guitar); Emily Faxon, Susan F. Rafkind (violin); Valentina Charlap-Evans (viola); Susan Seligman (cello); David Sancious (piano, Hammond B-3, Wurlitzer); Gail Ann Dorsey, Lonnie Hillyer (bass); Tony James, Zachary Alford, William Troup III (drums); Trina Shoemaker (shaker).
    Engineers include: Trina Shoemaker, Doug Wynne, John Holbrook.
    Moving to the independent Rykodisc after spending two years on the majors doesn't hurt Jeffrey Gaines in the slightest -- if anything he sounds liberated. Galore still has hints of the commercial sheen that distinguished Somewhat Slightly Dazed from his debut, but that isn't a bad thing. His supporting band -- featuring Bowie guitarist Reeves Gabrels plus two of his colleagues, as well as keyboardist David Sancious, who played with Sting and Springsteen -- is damn near flawless whether they're turning out rousing pop or ballads. Gaines remains slightly more impressive when he strips everything down to his acoustics, as on "Toast and Tea," but even full-fledged pop-rockers like "Belle de Jour" are punchy, catchy and well-crafted. Gaines remains in a netherworld between a cult singer/songwriter and mainstream pop-rocker, but for listeners willing to meet him there, Galore is one entertaining listen. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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