Thursday, May 22, 2014
Third Guessing With John Dunbar
Occasionally, a song comes along that is right in my wheelhouse, and for reasons known and unknown, it latches onto me and I it, and for days it remains in heavy rotation. John Dunbar's "Sullenly," from his newly released "Third Guessing" is this week's song. It's sparse arrangement and DIY feel recalls McCartney's "I" and "II," but it's sweet melody and clever lyrics feel like the best of our favorite boys, Fountains Of Wayne. I love this tune.
And there's more where that came from.
"Third Guessing" was written and performed by Dunbar and it is filled with what is so often absent from many records these days--songs! Ray Davies, The Hollies, 10cc and the aforementioned Sir Paul all make spiritual appearances here and Dunbar's wordplay will keep you on your toes.
I would love to hear some of the tunes on this record with a nice fat band behind them, but Dunbar does a more than adequate job on his own and again, it is because of the writing, which is top-notch. Songs like "Strangers Will Tell You The Truth" and "I Can Really Disappoint" are full of hooks, as is "Won't Take Yes For An Answer."
"Third Guessing" is a refreshing change of pace from the maudlin singer-songwriters that are foisted upon us by the critics. Dunbar's tunes are personal and not all of them will put on a smile on your face, but they have two very important things going for them--words and music.
You can hear more here.
And I think you should.