Jesse Harris Aims for “The Sky”March 27th, 2009 - 1:22 am ICT by GD
Grammy award winner and New York singer-songwriter Jesse Harris has not tasted success yet on his solo career. Yet on his latest Watching The Sky he did what he does best - write traditional pop songs showcasing his ability for diverse flavors.
The track has 17 songs, mostly under three minutes and has a steady consistent flow of melody from one track to the next. Harris displayed his amazing personality in drawing strong comparisons to Paul Simon and writing simple empathetic songs. “On a Day” has a surprising reggae groove but has a strange sense of comfort about it. It is as if he had nothing to worry about save his own expression and reminds listeners several times in the song, “You are free to be anybody you want to be.”
The first couple of songs really make the album worthwhile and the first trace of deep emotion of “While We Slept” establishes the general Paul Simon comparisons. A clean guitar truly turns this song to an outstanding track.
The soft guitar and marimba makes “Fools’ Paradise” the longest track in the album and is yet another connection with Paul Simon as Harris successfully gets through to his listeners.
“The Fool” is a tribute to Nick Drake and the marimba adds its own uniqueness to the track. Also “Gimmer” is an acoustic number that could blend into Nick Drake’s repertoire if you hadn’t known.
The only complaint with the album could be a lack of dynamic variation. Harris has a very musical focus and the album demand you to sit tight for 45 minutes and pay attention to every track. Yet the sound remains fresh through the album. The reggae, the laments of lost love and the pastorals are bound to help Harris reach for “The Sky” this time.
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