David Starr – The Head and Heart
I’m not really a fan of country music, but there is plenty here to like. This music is often the kind of thing that transcend its musical roots and works toward more of a general audience.
A stirring country ballad, “Edge of the World” is definitely the kind of country music that will convince non-believers like myself that country is good stuff. It’s a great opener.
I don’t like the title track as much. It’s more old school. I wonder if arranging two ballads next to one another is a good idea. Don’t get me wrong, this is a good song. It’s just not my thing.
There is some great rock sound built into Starr’s cover of The Mamas and the Papas’ song “California Dreamin’.” Don’t get me wrong, it’s one part country music and one part based on the original tune from the Mamas and the Papas. There is just a rock sound to some of the guitar and the overall arrangement. That makes this stand taller than the first couple songs.
There is more pop rock on “Waiting in the Dark.” It still has a bit of a country edge, but overall this fits more into an almost alternative rock sound. I like it a lot.
I like the rocking modern sound on “I’ve Come for You” a lot. It is definitely more along the lines of some alternative rock, but based in blues rock tradition.
Starr seems to be struggling with his identity as he winds up back in pure country territory with the closing “Dancing With My Pride.” In fact, this might be the most “country” song of the disc. It’s good, but not my thing, and not the best choice to end it.