“Classic. I like the gravelly vocals, rougher than the production.
They give it balance. And nice steel—good stuff.”
Christopher Hess, host of “Range Life” on KRBX Boise.
“Dahl’s 14 songs range from pretty damn good to absolutely terrific, but the music doesn’t just do what backing is supposed to do, frame and complement those songs. It goes a step further. You could block out the words and it would still sound good, its musical aesthetic is so strong. “
John Conquest, Third Coast Music
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. On this CD, his debut, Dahl’s striking voice, slightly raspy and heavy with melancholy, maneuvers through 12 story-songs of troubled lives.
“Up on the Block” is an insightful, deeply nostalgic song filled with childhood recollections of the wheat lands of the Palouse. There is also a very personal reflection on the late Kurt Cobain. In an untitled song, Dahl sings of “a new orphan ghost from the rainswept coast.”
Dahl is accompanied by electric guitarist John Hawk, whose spare, understated style works well on Dahl’s delicate tunes.
Gene Stout, Seattle Post Intelligencer