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Meeting Lions

"A Fog Made of Ghosts" CDR

Umbrella Records

Genres: adult alternative, pop

Feb 14 - 20 2005

Meeting Lions is mostly the work of Josh Dubbert, a passionate singer/songwriter who has quietly released this full-length album.  He has a unique, elegant style, using emotional vocals and creating lots of piano-based compositions.  This makes for successful listening, but things aren't entirely peachy.  These songs don't really leave a lasting impression, and Dubbert's singing takes a bit of getting used to.  He has a very high, breathy style that will likely be off-putting to many listeners.  His songs, meanwhile, are very similar to one another, and this prevents the listener from picking out favourites and remembering individual tunes.  I appreciate the songwriting skill on this record, but I can't seem to completely get into Dubbert's style.  The dramatic guitar strokes of "Child" appeal to me (think of relaxed Sparklehorse material for a point of comparison), as does the Silver Mt. Zion/GYBE! tendencies of "Millions of Ones and Zeroes."  However, the majority of this album seems a bit bland for my tastes - perhaps a few more climaxes and a bit less wandering would have improved matters.  Still, this is a relaxing, mature album that will need to find its niche in the more subdued music crowd.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 14 tracks, distributed by the band, released 2004]