Art Garfunkel, Maia Sharp & Buddy Mondlock
Everything Waits to Be Noticed
First Appeared in The Music Box, March 2003, Volume 10, #3
Written by John Metzger
Since the dissolution of his performing partnership with Paul Simon, Art Garfunkel has had a particularly spotty and sporadic recording career. There’s little doubt that his gorgeous tenor is one of the finest in the business — only David Crosby truly rivals him — but the material and arrangements with which he has filled his albums have left an awful lot to be desired. Thanks to the help of Nashville’s Buddy Mondlock, Los Angeles’ Maia Sharp, and producer Billy Mann, Garfunkel’s latest release Everything Waits to Be Noticed at long last makes suitable use of his extraordinary talent. Of course, it helps that many of the songs on the album bring to mind his most profound contributions to Simon & Garfunkel’s small, but exemplary catalog. In fact, it’s impossible not to hear wisps of his past gloriously drifting through the music, and at times, shades of Crosby, Stills, and Nash as well as Fleetwood Mac pass through it too. Despite its classic, adult contemporary rock tendencies, however, the trio manages to keep the music sounding fresh, vibrant, and undated. Although, it also does slip on occasion into something a little too airy and precious, for the most part Everything Waits to Be Noticed is a welcome return to form for one of the world’s most distinguished vocalists.
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1 Star: Pitiful
2 Stars: Listenable
3 Stars: Respectable
4 Stars: Excellent
5 Stars: Can't Live Without It!!
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