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Tryin'to Resist

by Clayton Denwood

It rings with the pure joy of making music and echoes with the darker tones that touch all true art: Love gone wrong, last deals gone down, time's effacements and the shadow of mortality. Chris Floyd ~ Oxford Journalist www.chris-floyd.com
Genre: Rock: Acoustic
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Nothing At All (Except You)
4:47 $0.99
2. Everyone's a Prisoner
5:06 $0.99
3. Tryin'to Resist
4:49 $0.99
4. Baby's Blue
4:51 $0.99
5. String & Glue
5:49 $0.99
6. Why Do I Love You ?
7:18 $0.99
7. Got It Bad for You Baby
3:38 $0.99
8. I'll Be With You Again
4:28 $0.99
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It's something in the voice that catches at you first. You want to call it a high, lonesome sound, because that's how it lingers in the mind afterwards. But there's more to it than that. For although this music is rooted firmly in the rich loam of tradition, it didn't filter out from the ancient hills and hollows where that tradition began. No, it springs from a tough mind and a questing heart taking on the modern world in all of its ramifications --- the personal, the political, the body and the soul. It rings with the pure joy of making music – and echoes with the darker tones that touch all true art: love gone wrong, last deals gone down, time's effacements, the shadow of mortality.
Clayton Denwood is a singer-songwriter – and first-rate musician – whose work easily bears comparison to his great predecessors in that shining line: his fellow Canadian Leonard Cohen, for one; or another boy from the North Country, Bob Dylan. Indeed, Clayton honed his musical chops for years down in Woodstock with some of Dylan's old comprades like Levon Helm, Garth Hudson and Rick Danko. He also worked the proving grounds in the clubs of New York City, Montreal and Toronto.
But what he puts across – with a band of top-flight players – is a unique sound and sensibility that's all his own. Now based in London, he's put together a collection of new songs that takes his work many miles down the highway from his already excellent early releases, The Exile Sessions and Sunset on the Highway. The new music mines a deep vibe that draws in – and draws upon – everything from straight-up blues to bright folk-rock (that "wild, thin mercury sound") to brooding jazz riffs in a Van Morrison mode.

It's easy on the ears – and if you just want to dance, shimmy, move and stomp without paying too much attention, you can certainly do that. But you'd be cheating yourself of a shot of wonder if you don't let Clayton's lyrics take hold of you as well. The songs are filled with stunning lines that constantly surprise you with their freshness and originality – and move you with the piercing stab of an unexpected, well-turned truth.

A foray into what looks like the familiar territory of a love song – or a lust song – will suddenly light up with an insight that illuminates a broad landscape of life and society. And with a song that seems at first concerned more with politics and injustice – such as the outstanding "Everyone's a Prisoner" – you will suddenly find words speaking directly to your personal situation, to who you are and where you are in your life. It's a neat trick of songwriting craft – and a rare gift of genuine vision.

All of these intertwining strands – the lyrical, musical, emotional and thematic -- find perhaps their fullest expression in the astounding track, "Nothin' at All," where they blend like an ever-shifting mixture of colored sands. Heartbreak and hope walk the streets of a menacing world, in a song that lifts the band and Clayton's vocals to new, sustained heights of intensity.

But this same quality imbues all of the songs. Here is a voice and a sound for the 21st century, for a world reeling drunkenly on the edge of the abyss, for an age where the human heart is under savage attack from every side. Into this arena steps a common man with an uncommon talent, with the courage to be, and to speak, and to not back down, to keep carving out a space where the soul can thrive in the middle of the raging storm.

Chris Floyd



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