First Appeared in The Music Box, December 2004, Volume 11, #12
Written by T.J. Simon
On his debut album Quite Often, Mississippi native Trent Dabbs performs an accomplished set of AAA ("Adult Album Alternative") pop that frequently recalls the music of Rufus Wainwright, Josh Rouse, and Damien Rice. More daring and creative than typical singer-songwriter-oriented fare, Dabbs incorporates subtle electronica elements into the background of his mid-tempo rock compositions, and the results are ethereal. On January Lights, the cool percussion swells along with synth effects to invoke a textured U2 sound. Owing much to the influence of David Gray, The Love Goes is another winner. In addition, Dabbs’ artistic versatility is displayed nicely when he shifts into Beatles-derived territory on Yesterday’s Apology and utilizes crunchy Weezer-like guitars on the album’s heaviest cut TV Jealousy. Even better, at 10 songs that span a mere 35 minutes, the listener never gets a chance to grow weary of Dabbs’ alluring style.
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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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