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Desert Music

Sample tracks:

1) Desert Music
2) Nothing but Happy
3) Drive America
4) Special Words
5) You Know
6) Good to Be
7) My Old Flame
8) Good Man
9) Two Beer Buzz
10) Two Dates
11) Rescue Me
12) Sycamore Tree

Desert Music is a great album. It's tight and professional. The album has a cohesive motif without all the songs being too similar.

Beeks's voice is a mixture of Bonnie Raitt and Jewel, whose music can also be compared to Beeks's. Some of the songs lean toward acoustic and folky; others use more electric guitar and pedal steel to drive home a rockin' country sound.

The first three songs explore the topics of traveling, aging, and becoming successful. "Drive America" is a good road-trip song. "Special Words" and "Good to Be" are uplifting, inspirational tunes without being schmaltzy or saccharine. "Special Words" features hand-clapping and a chorus of voices lifting to a sentimental tone without being overdone.

The only thing I wanted more of from the Ordeal is a faster, get-up-and-kick-some-ass saloon song. I'd like to hear the band in a beer bar with the High Rolling Loners.

--- Hometown CD Review 1-18-07


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