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Short Stack

by Acoustic Solution

Unconventional and absorbing songwriting reminiscent of Bob Dylan, Tom Waits and other Folk/Americana artists - heavily laden with bouzoukis, banjos, fiddles, and mandolins.
Genre: Folk: Folk Pop
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1. Peabody Crump
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2. Bottom Line
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3. My Brother Bob
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4. Suitcase and Tennis Shoes
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5. Reminisce
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On their new release Short Stack, Acoustic Solution gives us a 5 track EP of original material that is self produced, recorded, engineered and has an original jacket design that is composed of entirely green components.

Acoustic Solution, a family folk rock trio with John, Wendy and Seth Andrews, has been around the coffeehouse and summer outdoor circuit since 2003 in their present form and for decades in previous iterations. Their blend of electric/acoustic folk covers and original material blends nicely with the revival of this genre in the recent past.

On the opening number, 'Peabody Crump,' Wendy Andrews does the vocals telling the tongue in cheek story about a showman/teacher, perhaps a little nerdy, like a cross between Bill Nye the Science Guy and Sgt Pepper.

'Bottom Line' is a love song that has universal appeal with bouzouki in reggae time. 'Suitcase And Tennis Shoes,' with Wendy on vocals, and using an octave pedal on fiddle for a cello effect, urges the listener to maintain forward progress in the face of challenge. 'Reminisce,' the final track is heavy on nostalgia, featuring Seth singing of the changes of the decades – to our hometowns, friends and the places of our lives.

It's track 3, 'My Brother Bob,' that is the crowning jewel on this release. It's at once a Dylan tribute and satiric commentary on all those who may have met the Master, or written about him, stolen his “words” or maybe knew someone that could get them backstage during a show. Lyrics like a “girl named Sarah,” … “Zimmerman on her drivers license,” but was a real “snow job/couldn't get me into the concert to see my brother Bob” tell us what students of Dylan have long known, that, like us, he's a moving abstraction constantly shape shifting and shedding irrelevance along the way.

Music and verse is pure early Dylan. I immediately thought of Just Like a Woman in the first bars but as the lyrics unfolded it took me back further to the Highway 61 Revisited stream of consciousness and then even further, evoking strains of Subterranean Homesick Blues. My Brother Bob is still runnin' around in my head.

Short Stack
"Electric folk originals from consistently good family trio"
By Jim Donald - Aug. 21, 2015

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