Friday, 20 March 2015

Record Review - Dave Moss

Published in the Shortlist section of The Sydney Morning Herald, March 20.

Dave Moss
Fitting In

Byron Bay singer-songwriter Dave Moss has taken an interesting approach with his second LP. The bulk was recorded locally with members of The Re-mains and various other local artists (Lisa Hunt and Gyan, amongst others), with a slew of material coming from Nashville via online overdubs courtesy of a veritable who’s who of session players – bassist Ron de la Vega (Nanci Griffith), drummer Peter Young (Loretta Lynn), guitarist Brent Mason (Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson), and pedal steel player Tommy Detamore (Chet Baker, Jim Lauderdale).

The results, rather surprisingly, come together well; this is a considered album of country-soul tunes, with the odd dalliance into pop territory – you’d not think all the players hadn’t been in the same room together.

Fitting In isn’t a barn-burner, but therein lies a great deal of its appeal. Moss knows the power of a song isn’t necessarily in the pace, but more the delivery, which he executes well, his voice strong, his songwriting certainly burgeoning – this one is a quiet achiever.

Samuel J. Fell

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