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Mick Fleetwood Ba
Something Big
Tallman Records

Rating: 6/10 ?


October 1, 2004
While The Mick Fleetwood Band gets to claim credit on this CD's cover, Todd Smallwood and his multitude of talents are what's really showcased in Something Big. He had a hand in every song, whether in songwriting, playing multiple instruments or singing lead. His voice is reminiscent of John Mellencamp, as is the music. He plays well to his strengths, and makes additions when necessary - newcomer Lauren Evans' lovely voice compliments Smallwood's gruffness nicely on several songs.

Those involved with this album's creation are competent musicians. They even pull a Peter Gabriel trick and use instruments typically reserved for the World Music catalog. In every right, this should be quite an interesting affair, but even with all the right elements, Something Big never quite takes off.

This is the kind of album for people who hate to try new things - the type of people who think the music today is just plain noise, and that all relevant music was made years ago. These people will like the familiarity of the title track. They will hear "No Borders" and think that its message is genius.

I am not one of these people.

The music from this album is saccharine enough to cause major problems for a diabetic. Ten years ago, I would have loved the sentimentality of a song like "Watching Over You." I would've dreamt my high school crush would hear "Heaven Sent" and think of me. Alas, I've grown out of that phase, and now I require more from my music.

Overall, the album is well-done and the production is tight, but it's definitely not ground-breaking. The sound is familiar, and is only a little more exciting than listening to "Pink Houses" play on your iPod for the hundredth time.

Reviewed by Kim Bousquet


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