Knack for Negligence

Shot to the Head
Ordinary Computer
Breakfast in Bed
Cadillac Voice
Steel Love
High Voltage Line
Untitled for Kurt Cobain
Crescent Moon
Knack for Negligence
Up on the Block


Knack for Negligence, Eric Dahl’s first CD, was recorded in the Seattle studio of guitarist and video artist John Hawk and released in 1995. The photographs and graphic design were provide Seattle's most prominent public artist, Michael Fajans. Although he had written more than a hundred songs by that time, Dahl chose to write new songs for this first formal recording project. Ten of the songs were written over a ten-day period that ended with a song for Kurt Cobain the day after his death (Untitled). The subject matter of the collection ranges from a night in the city (Millicent), to a love story set in the eastern Washington wheat fields (Up on the Block), to a meditation on Buddhist compassion (Crescent Moon), to an assessment of life from the perspective of a farmyard fly (Buzzin).

Chris Nickson of The Rocket wrote, “Eric Dahl has turned in one of the best CDs by a local singer/songwriter that I have heard in a long time.” Music critic Gene Stout of the Seattle Post Intelligencer wrote, “Singer-songwriter Eric Dahl, a native of Colville, explores the rural and urban sides of Northwest life with the keen eye of a poet-psychologist.” Sharon Wootton of the Everett Herald explained: “Dahl relies heavily on Northwest images from the wheat fields, to Kurt Cobain and the Sonics. But his songs aren’t parochial in a limiting sense. There are the broader themes of relationships, the complexities of life, and childhood. In fact, one of the best lines on the introspection scale is: “Strange how childhood’s never over when it’s done, shades each promise like background noise, up on the block.” There were many more thoughtful reviews of this CD, including a full-length review and interview by the Austin American Statesmen available in the Reviews section of this website.

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