Thursday, February 8, 2018
Welcome Back, Jeffrey Gaines
Jeffrey Gaines' 1992 debut was a favorite of mine. It's almost unfathomable that it is over 25 years old. Isn't Jeffrey Gaines this brilliant new singer/songwriter? I blame myself for losing track. I was in the throes of my new record shop when Gaines released his follow-up, and for most of the 90's and early 2000's, the quality of my listening was at an all time low. Too many CDs, all the time. I simply lost track.
Now it's 2018 and Chris Price, the man behind Emitt Rhodes' excellent return to recording, and the man who released his own brilliant record, "Stop Talking," one of my very favorites of 2017, has come through again by producing Jeffrey Gaines' return to recording, after an almost 15 year lay off. "Alright" has arrived and even though it is only February, 2018 is going to be hard-pressed to deliver a record as solid as this one.
Gaines sounds better than ever on this set of tunes, that at times feels as if it might have been the perfect follow-up to his debut. Both "Bjorn Toulouse" and "Thick And Thin" are perfect pop tunes that would have been all over MTV when it mattered. "Children's Games" is, in a word, gorgeous. And both "Promise Of Passion" and "Seems To Me" are songs Elvis Costello would have been proud to have written in his prime.
This is one of those records that demands your time. For me, it unraveled beautifully and got better with each pass. Welcome back, Jeffery and thanks Chris Price, for another winner.