March 19, 2009

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Dale Reynolds, Never the Same Way Twice
self-released, 2008

An open-mike regular at Tupelo Music Hall in Londonderry, Reynolds is based out of North Andover, Mass. Next month he hats out for his first festival in Oregon, where he hopes that this nine-song collection will lead to riches, fame and a harem of middle-aged hotties, and who am I to put the kibosh on that.

Toward the Mighty Wind end of things, Reynolds is like any of your own upstanding New England neighbors plonking away at the acoustic guitar on the back porch, offering a few gentle folkie numbers (“About to Fly,” “Places in My Mind”) that most readily identify with modern Americana purveyors Golden Smog and Magic Car, which is really just a hip way of saying Pete Seeger and/or Woody Guthrie. But our boy isn’t one to sit back and get lost in the hairy-legged shuffle, preferring instead to roll the dice on swampy gospel-blues (“Say Baby”), a not-bad Tom Petty does Dylan imitation (“Around This Place”) and a metal-shoegaze acid-rock Cheney-hating dirge that’ll surely find the ZZ-Top-bearded oldsters in Oregon standing up with their Bics flicked while a couple of straights scream at them to sit down (“Gather ‘Round”). AEWS