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Afraid to Dance

by Eric Colville

Idiosyncratic singer-songwriter touching on rock, sultry blues, ballads, and country-ish toe tappers in his refusal to be limited by genre. Think Lyle Lovett, Evan Dando, and Tom Waits.
Genre: Pop: Beatles-pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Five Days Over
2:24 $0.99
2. Afraid to Dance
4:00 $0.99
3. Damn Near Anything
3:45 $0.99
4. Back to Bed
4:36 $0.99
5. Don't Wanna Fall
3:44 $0.99
6. Josephine
5:12 $0.99
7. View from Above
3:47 $0.99
8. Be Alright
3:39 $0.99
9. Angelina
3:12 $0.99
10. Someone in the World
3:00 $0.99
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Album Notes
2002 John Lennon Songwriting Contest - Honorable Mention for "Back to Bed."

2002 Just Plain Foks Music Awards - Winner of "Best College Rock Song" category for "Afraid to Dance.

First of all, don't assume a thing. In fact, don't make a move, unless it's to turn up Afraid to Dance, the debut album by Eric Colville that balances groove-laden poetry with kick-in-the-door-of-your-soul rock. As Eric Colville asks in this phoenix rising from the ashes to backstroke in a rough sea of song - what about you? That's what this album is all about. Taking his music and thinking aloud battles and challenges we all experience but rarely talk about, and trumpeting the small victories that maybe we would like to relate to, and perhaps will, if we can stop the B.S. and let it out - critics and naysayers be damned.

This is Eric Colville, the unedited stream-of-consciousness... Boy? Man? Jealous Guy? Confident Guy? Shy Everyman? Pissed Poet? That's the trick, isn't it? Being a part of this life means feeling a thousand ways at once, in no particular order, with as much consistency as the sway of the palm trees lining the Florida Keys where Eric was raised. They dance to their own rhythm without a shred of self-consciousness. What if someone's watching? What will they think? What will she say? Who really cares! Eric Colville's Afraid to Dance wades through life's entanglements, and while each song will affect you for your own reasons they will affect you just the same.

In the looping groove of the title track,"Afraid to Dance," he challenges you to go ahead and take a chance instead of fretting about possible outcomes and then not doing a damn thing. He sits down with you in "Damn Near Anything" and laments the sometimes immovable walls between those who should be closest. But in the end, taking walls down doesn't necessarily mean the other side is coming over - after all, this is real life and not a movie. On "Back to Bed," he puts a faux microphone in your hand, probably a hairbrush, and invites you to sing along and savor the pleasures of seduction and decadence with someone you may have grown used to. "Josephine" is the song you wish you wrote for that girl you knew in high school, college, whatever; who never knew how you felt, and never will. Isn't that a crime? Why didn't you try to explain it to her? Eric says it for you here, and somewhere, maybe she's listening, too.

And that's just my take on the album. How does it make you feel? What will you do now? We're not talking about landing on the moon. We're talking about being yourself, in all your dimensions, and being happy with that. He lets you know exactly how he feels, maybe how you've felt, and with each word and chord, builds his case for what he is and what you are - and what you both could be. When you're working without an editor peering over your shoulder and when you're not concerned about embarrassing yourself, feelings tend to flow out in a real way. And yet, it can be hard to see someone living like that or singing about it. Not if you're Eric. He's just telling you how it is in Gershwin-esque melodies that wind their way between dark and light and back again, leaving you to judge where you fit in.

Eric Colville is asking you to get out of the way of yourself and let your feet follow, whether walking, running, or....dancing. So get up. You're already listening. Now make your own way from right where you stand, wherever that is.

You will be moved.



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An Outstanding Singer
Eric Colville is my guitar teacher. He is a really good guitarist and singer. He actually has talent unlike some of the singers we all listen to. I just bought his album "Afraid to dance" It is great. Eric Colville is great.He definetly deserves 5 STARS!!!!


veery uplifting , moving it is like when something catches your eye this catche
This is a masterpeice waiting to pop , I could actually listen to this cd over and over it makes you feel that good , when I listened to him live it was really cool although I was not out there dancing until later on I still heard everything & thought to my self this guy has got going on , the c.d afraid to dance is just simply delicious , buy it you wont regret it

Gail Worley - Starpolish

Absolutely, compulsively listenable. A+.
Eric Colville

Ok, this song is just out-of-control great. Seriously, I couldn't stop playing Eric Colville's "Afraid to Dance." Starting off with a super funky, electronic rhythm hook, at first you think this is going to be some dance track, but then Eric's smooth, soulful vocals kick in and this wild rock guitar drops down into the mix, and the next thing you know, you're rocking out. Punctuated with a transcendent, inspirational chorus -- "Did you ever take a chance?/are you afraid to dance?" -- Eric's thoughtful, clever lyrics and unpredictable rhymes are signs of a real rock and roll poet in the making. To pull up two very contemporary influences, I'd say this song would appeal to fans of John Mayer and the Goo Goo Dolls, as it's somewhat of a hybrid of the two, but with stronger blues/funk influences. Not to mention the fact that Eric's backing band kicks total ass and this recording is flawlessly produced. If I heard "Afraid to Dance" on the radio or saw a video on TV, I would want to hear more of Eric's stuff, and that's the test to pass, I think. Absolutely, compulsively listenable. A+.

dragan stajic

album that makes pop/rock still alive
Eric made one classic album reach with good songs, human singing and a lot of energy in playing. The song "Afraid to Dance" was hit No. 1 in broadcast of radio Fedra ( Serbia and Montenegro )- all songs are so "radiophonic" ! With full heart I can recomande Eric's music to everybody who like to feel freedom in good sound.

Stacey Board

"Afraid to Dance" is as much a statement .............
CD REVIEW: Eric Colville – “Afraid to Dance”
By Stacey Board - 08/28/02 - 01:53 PM EST

“Afraid to Dance” is as much a statement as it is a question to the mirror and to the listener. It's also a really good CD.

The title song was a perfect choice, as the songs in this collection play all sides of that metaphorical fence. Colville’s songwriting casts him as sometimes vulnerable, “Don’t Want To Fall”, sometimes confident “Back to Bed”, sometimes adoring, “Angelina”, sometimes full of doubt, “Someone in the World”, and sometimes just turning it around on you, “Afraid to Dance”. Sometimes he’s dancing; sometimes he’s watching the dance. He does both quite well. Colville is not someone trying to impress you by knowing all the answers. Exploring the questions is a more interesting pastime anyway.

Especially when it means doing that with Eric’s persuasive way with catchy melodies and grooves. His more up-tempo tunes are the stronger tunes for me personally, but his smooth vocals are a pleasure on every song. He’s found a great producer in Mac Ritchey. The two of them have done a great job with arrangements, and compiled top-notch support players on the record.


"Five Days Over" immediately reminded me of Evan Dando and the Lemonheads. Colvi
Afraid To Dance

reviewed by spodysingalong

A pleasant mixture of mid-90's guitar pop and a nice touch of alt-country twang makes up Afraid to Dance, Eric Colville 2002 release. Popping this disc into my player took me back to my post-college years in the mid-90's, working my first real, post-college job, making new friends, and building my CD collection.

"Five Days Over" immediately reminded me of Evan Dando and the Lemonheads. Colville's voice has an uncanny likeness to Dando on several of the tracks (also "Don't Wanna Fall", "Be Alright" and "Someone In The World"). This didn't bother me one whit, as I happen to think that Dando's early work with the Lemonheads were pretty great. At other times the vocals remind me of other mid/late-90's favorites Better Than Ezra ("Angelina") and Collective Soul ("Afraid To Dance").

Colville's voice is only one part of this disc. Flawless musicianship is another layer. With a mixture of electric and acoustic guitar, this music has a pop sound, mixed with of alt-country and the blues, and even a slight bit of lounge attitude ("Back To Bed"). It's not really anything new and exciting, as other bands have put out records with the same vibe and mixture or sound. But the skill with which it is presented is certainly a bonus.

Add some very nice lyrics and you've got a very nice record. Colville's lyrics are charming and intelligent, which always adds to a good musical listen. Although a lot of his songs make use of simple rhyme schemes, the word choice is smart, so they don't seem trite or obvious.

While this was a very nice and at times very pretty ("Damn Near Anything") listen, I couldn't help but feeling as if I'd heard it all before. So many of the songs reminded me of songs by other bands, that it took me back to those days in the mid-late nineties, before I was settled down, married and had set my career path. It was a nice walk down memory lane, but it didn't leave me with any new songs to hum and sing along to in my mind. Instead, I'm singing songs from the past, the ones Eric's songs remind me of. A talented musician and lovely singer like Eric should shine on his own, not for his part in inspiring me to remember albums from my past. I think he'll do that for me on his next record.

My Favorites
#1 | Five Days Over
#5 | Don't Wanna Fall
#8 | Be Alright

Tony Graham (cdbaby Artist)

Star Quality
Totally dig the album! A must buy! You wont find many musicians of this quality! Fansatic song writing. If you are looking for star quality music, you just found it.