"Your Free Gift" CD
Genres: indie rock, indie pop, rock
561 Hudson St.
New York, NY 10014
Apr 21 - 27 2003
unspectacular as Your Free Gift looks on paper - a generic
self-released rock CD - one listen should clear away any
pretentious prejudices you may have. David Clement is a
great rock musician who knows how to make a good melody, and this album
sees him singing with a whole rotating cast of back-up musicians.
Clement, like his idols The Eels, knows how to work in both rock and pop settings. "One" is a
fine example - catchy in a sort of grungy/poppy way, it almost seems
to recall some mid-90s one-hit wonders. The vocals are decidedly
Eels-esque, except less tuneful. "Geriatriphilia,"
meanwhile, takes the Eels similarities even further, with
delicate vocals, a hushed instrumental background, and some nice organ
playing to top it all off. "Sheba's Death Rattle" is
way catchier than it should be and "The Yard" is a pretty,
yet raw pop song that will bring a tear to your eye.
While I would suggest more balance in the mixture between the
rockier stuff and the more restrained material, Clement has
managed to blend the two distinct styles remarkably well, and the
album's flow is perfect. The way it starts off with the
energetic "Noid Noid" and closes with the end credits-esque
"Ho Me" is fantastic.
This album gets a recommendation from me. Your Free Gift
deserves a big, appreciative audience, and hopefully Clement
will find one.
12 songs, distributed by CD
Baby, released 2002]